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DMDK to boycott Presidential poll

PTI 22 Jun 2012, 10:59:49 IST
Chennai, June 19: Actor Vijayakant-led DMDK, the main opposition party in the 235-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, on Tuesday decided to boycott the forthcoming Presidential poll, accusing the Centre of not taking any concrete step to resolve issues confronting the state.

“People of Tamil Nadu cast their votes in every election. But they are only deceived by the Centre and its alliance partners, who never took any step to solve their problems,” Vijayakant, whose party has 29 members in the House, said in a statement.

In this context, it was better to stay away from the Presidential election and hence his party has decided to boycott the polls, he said.

He cited various issues such as the Mullaperiyar row with Kerala, non-inclusion of Tamil as official language, inter-linking of rivers, Sri Lankan Tamils issue and attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen.