What made Ramdoss take this decision? The PMK leader holds dmk president M. Karunanidhi responsible for his quitting the nda. "If Karunanidhi desired, he could have put the Tamizha Rajiv Congress (trc) and its president Vazhapadi K. Ramamurthy in place. But he enjoyed all the slander and the accusations made by Vazhapadi against me," he says. Ramdoss lists out innumerable instances of being slighted by the dmk chief. The government's decision to detain 21 pmk men under the National Security Act and six under the Goonda Act is seen as a deliberate attempt to marginalise the pmk in order to woo the Dalits. But the dmk chief denies all these charges. Says Karunanidhi: "Ramdoss' decision to join the aiadmk alliance was a predetermined one. Instead of attacking me, it would be better if he accepts that others in the nda were not willing to play ball with him in his game to bring the aiadmk into the nda fold."
In the last six months, the pmk has been demanding two things—the expulsion of the trc from the nda and chief ministership for the party in Pondicherry. trc president Vazhapadi has been accusing Ramdoss of amassing crores of rupees through his central ministers. "Ramdoss' son Dr Anubumani is functioning as the de facto minister in two ministries that are with the pmk—petroleum and mines. His role in the functioning of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation came to such a stage the pmo had to intervene to save the psu," claims Vazhapadi.