Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin on Tuesday rubbished the claims made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that the two parties are in touch for an alliance.
Stalin, who is one of the prominent leaders in the anti-BJP opposition, said that he will quit politics if Prime Minister Narendra Modi can prove that the DMK is in contact with BJP.
“If Tamilisai (Soundararajan) and Modi prove I was in contact with BJP to form an alliance with them, I’ll quit politics. If they fail to prove, will she and Modi quit politics? I condemn the statement made by BJP State President Tamilisai,” he said.
Earlier today, at a press conference, Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan claimed that buzz about the DMK being in contact with BJP are true.
“Yes, it’s true. They are talking through somebody and establishing contact. BJP is all set to win. All poll predictions point to BJP’s victory; wherever you go BJP is winning,” she said.
The BJP is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Tamil Nadu in an alliance with the ruling AIADMK. The DMK, on the other hand, is contesting the elections in an alliance with the Congress.
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrashekhar Rao had met Stalin on Monday. But Stalin said on Tuesday that he does not see the possibility of the formation of a government of the Third Front at the Centre.
“I don’t think there is a chance for a third front. But it will be known only after results on May23,” the DMK chief was quoted as saying by ANI.
Stalin clarified that the TRS leader had come to Tamil Nadu to visit temples and not form fronts adding that it was just a courtesy visit.
The proposed alternative front appeared to be a non-starter with the Dravidian party chief MK Stalin urging the Telangana Chief Minister to extend TRS’s support to the Congress.
Earlier on Monday, DMK sources said that Rao had called on Stalin at his residence in Chennai and discussed with him his proposal for a federal front, in an effort to bring together regional parties.