statesman news service
CHENNAI, 13 JUNE: Though AIADMK supremo Miss J Jayalalithaa has ruled out an alliance with any political party in the state in the coming Lok Sabha polls, the Tamil Nadu BJP leaders are eyeing coalition with the ruling party in the state.
Elevation of the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as BJP’s election campaign committee chief and Ms Jayalalithaa&’s equation with Mr Modi has given hopes to state BJP leaders for an alliance between AIADMK and BJP.
The BJP national secretary, Dr Thamizhisai Soundararajan, told The Statesman: “There is a possibility of either a pre-poll or a post-poll alliance between the AIADMK and the BJP. This is what we feel. At present, we are not in a position to get numbers in the state on our own, whereas, joining hands with madam (referring to Ms Jayalalithaa) may help us in consolidating our presence in the state.”
Both the BJP and the AIADMK have been opposed to the Congress and wish to defeat it at the Centre and united we can do it in a better way,” she added.
Recently, Ms Jayalalithaa told mediapersons in New Delhi: “On the issue of an alliance in the Lok Sabha polls, I have already stated very clearly several times that the aim of the AIADMK is to win all the 40 seats ~ 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry ~ for itself. So where is the question of any alliance.” This she said when asked whether developments in the BJP after the elevation of Mr Modi would effect the possible electoral ties with that party in the Lok Sabha polls.
When contacted, Dr V Maitrayen, who is the deputy leader of AIADMK, said: “We cannot comment on the issue. Ms Jayalalithaa has already made it clear on this matter.”
‘There is a possibility of either pre-poll or post-poll alliance between AIADMK and BJP’