CHENNAI, 21 JUNE: Dr S Ramadoss’s party, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), which has three MLAs in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, has decided to abstain from supporting any political party in Rajya Sabha polls. At the executive committee meeting of the PMK today, the party decided to abstain from the elections, reiterating its earlier stand to create a front alternative to the Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu. "As decision to this effect was taken in the general council meeting in 2011, the executive committee also agreed to abide by the decision," a resolution from the PMK said. The PMK’s decision seems to have weakened the prospects of Ms Kanimozhi of DMK. Ms Kanimozhi is in need of some more votes to make it to the Rajya Sabha. The DMK has 23 MLAs and it has succeeded in getting support of smaller parties like Manidhaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) and the Dalit outfit Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT). With PT and MMK extending support to the DMK, the number of votes with the DMK goes up to 27. The PT and the MMK have two members each. The DMK was expecting support of the PMK. If the PMK had agreed to support, Ms Kanimozhi’s tally would have increased to 30. The Congress with five members in the Assembly has not indicated its stand yet. Sources in the DMK say the party is in touch with a few DMDK MLAs. sns