Alliance in TN: BJP running from pillar to post

With just a few months to go for Lok Sabha polls, the million dollar question that is doing rounds is with whom BJP will stitch a coalition in Tamilnadu? Though senior leaders of the BJP have been maintaining that they would forge a string coalition in the state, the reality is different. A section of the AIADMK is against any move to align with them. Senior AIADMK leader and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Thambidurai said, 'It’s not our duty to nurture BJP in Tamil Nadu'. Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, for the first time, hinted that an alliance with the saffron party had not been finalised.  'BJP may wish to have an alliance with us, but our party should also wish the same,' he said.

There is a talk that regional parties are not keen on allying with the BJP, considering the backlash it has been receiving from people on various issues in the State. Also sources say that BJP are in talks with G K Vasan's TMC, PMK besides DMDK. But none of them confirmed the reports. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his party was open to alliances for the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress' Tamilnadu unit president Su Thirunavukkarasar said, 'Prime Minister Modi may keep the door open. But no party is prepared to get inside... be it in Tamil Nadu or in the rest of the country, there is no single party which has accepted his invite and joined hands with the BJP'.

There are talks that BJP is orphaned here and no party to ally with them fearing backlash from people, says a political observor.