BJP-MDMK formally declare alliance for Lok Sabha polls

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 23 Januari 2014 | 07.20

CHENNAI: The BJP and the Vaiko-led MDMK on Thursday formally declared their alliance for the Lok Sabha elections, becoming the first parties to do so in Tamil Nadu. This declaration came at a press meet at Thayagam, the MDMK party office in Chennai.

The declaration was preceded by two hours of talks between state BJP chief Pon Radhakrishnan and Vaiko at the venue. The question of the number of seats each party would contest would be thrashed out later, Vaiko said, adding, "I have accepted the BJP invite to participate in the February 8 rally to be addressed by prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Chennai".

He said there were no pre-conditions for talks and he was not one to dictate which parties should come on board the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). "I can say that there is a 100 per cent Narendra Modi wave all over country and the results will prove it," he said. On a Congress leader's disparaging remarks over Modi's tea seller origins, Vaiko said even Abraham Lincoln rose to be the american president from humble background.

Vaiko said the Lok Sabha polls would be "a watershed in Indian politics and democracy and I am fully confident that Narendra Modi will adorn the PM's chair as there is a tremendous supporting wave for him in the country". Asked if he would contest the polls, Vaiko said the party would decide. He parried queries on whether Vijayakanth-led DMDK would join the alliance.

Vaiko said following pre-alliance talks held in Delhi with the state BJP team in the presence of BJP national president Rajnath Singh in Delhi last week, he was proud to announce the alliance on the "auspicious occasion" of the birthday of Indian nationalist revolutionary Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

The MDMK chief recalled that NDA alliance government under Atal Behari Vajpayee had refused to supply arms to Sri Lanka even as Colombo was prepared to pay for it. He expressed confidence that a government led by Modi will likewise take a stand on the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils without any compromise with the Rajapaksa government and help Ealam Tamils realize their dream.

State BJP chief Pon Radhakrishnan recalled that his party had a good relationship with the MDMK in the 1998 and 1999 regimes. "Now we have again come together and hope that our alliance will come first and win many seats in Tamil Nadu," he said. To a query, he said BJP was sure Vijayakanth led DMDK would come on board the NDA alliance.

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