//BJP to align with smaller parties in Tamil Nadu

BJP to align with smaller parties in Tamil Nadu

Press Trust of India
Madurai/ Dharmapuri, Feb. 5. — Dismissing any alliance with the bigger parties in Tamil Nadu, DMK or AIADMK, for the coming assembly polls, BJP today said the party instead may align with smaller like-minded parties after the poll dates are announced.

“We thought that the big parties in Tamil Nadu did not like the growth of other parties…Maybe we may align with like minded small parties in the state after the announcement of elections”, senior party leader Mr Bandaru Dattatreya told reporters here before flagging off ‘Makkal Darshan (Meeting the people) Yatra’ of the party in the state, commencing from Tiruparankunram, near here. Both parties were not confident of facing the polls alone and were worried about the conspiracies they could hatch against each other, he alleged. He said: “it is a strange and astonishing situation in Tamil Nadu that both the major political parties are not willing to face the forthcoming assembly polls alone. Nor are they confident of forming the next government alone” While the AIADMK chief Ms Jayalalitha was keeping her doors wide open for alliance, the DMK chief Mr K Karunanidhi was worried that some of his allies could breakaway.

Meanwhile, PMK founder leader Mr S Ramadoss rubbished Ms Jayalalitha’s statement that her party had “forged an alliance with the people”. He said the AIADMK would be swept out of power in the Assembly polls. “After the Assembly polls I will console Ms Jayalaitha whose party would be defeated in all 234 seat,’’ he said.