By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune
True to expectations, DMK Tuesday evening announced an end to its alliance with the PMK at the end of a long meeting of party seniors chaired by patriarch Muthavel Karunanidhi. The charge: the party father- son has violated the coalition dharma, a charge the doctor duo had leveled against the Karunanidhi government itself. PMK, a party of mainly Vanniyars, is a key constituent of DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) of Chief Minister Karunanidhi in Chennai and the Congress led United Progressive Alliance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi. It has 18 MLAs but is not a member of the Karunanidhi cabinet. It has however two Ministers in Delhi, one of them Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss. The party has 6 MPs.