Actor Turned Politician Vijayakanth set to be the leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu

Vijaykanth likely to lead opposition

CHENNAI: With the AIADMK marching on to an absolute majority in the 2011 Assembly polls, the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) is likely to emerge as the second largest party in the house, with actorturnedpolitician Vijaykanth set to be the Leader of Opposition.

The DMDK president secured 91,164 votes in Rishivandiyam constituency of Villupuram district, defeating fourtime Congress candidate S Sivaraj by over 31,000 votes. The party’s Panruti S Ramachandran and businessman K Pandiarajan won from Alandur and Virudhunagar constituencies respectively.

According to results available on Friday evening, the party was leading in over 20 constituencies and expected to win about 30 seats, edging out the ruling DMK to become the third largest party in the Assembly.

"I can only comment after the results for all the constituencies are officially declared," Vijaykanth said when if he would take on the role of Leader of Opposition in the new Assembly.

"People have given a resounding verdict against the autocratic rule of the DMK family and power cuts. In fact, the people had a voted out money power," he said addressing a press conference at party headquarters in Chennai. Vijaykanth attributed the DMDK’s success to the efforts of voters and his party cadre.

Responding to a query on DMDK’ ties with the AIADMK against the backdrop of the latter winning a simple majority to form the next state government, he said that the DMDK would not seek a cabinet berth.

"DMDK will not be part of the Government, which we have clarified already," he asserted.

Vijaykanth also observed that the DMK’s loss was not only the defeat of the party, but also of Karunanidhi’s family. Quoting former chief minister and DMK founder C N Annadurai, he said, "The great leader once said that there is no party without country. However, the present DMK leadership has transformed the party into his family."

Asked about the political fallout in the 2G spectrum scam, in which Kanimozhi has been named as a coconspirator, he indicated that the Assembly election results could impact the progress of the case.

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