Stalin says strict no to alliance with BJP

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M K Stalin today said his party would not forge alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party at any cost. In a statement, he said, "I categorically say that DMK will never ally with the BJP. Stalin said Modi's remarks in Wednesday's video-conferencing interaction with BJP's booth level workers of five districts that the party follows the new  political culture shown by late A B Vajpayee 20 years back were 'surprising' and 'strange', "Modi comparing himself with Vajpayee, who was described as a 'Right person in the Wrong Party', by Kalaignar was not only funny and strange, but also as usual showed his campaign strategy," Stalin added.

He said during the last four-and-a-half years Mr Modi had not taken any steps to strengthen the Country's unity, sowed seeds of hatred speech, buried the social justice by calling himself as friends of the backward classes and tribals, ignored Tamil Nadu's interests, suppressed the principles of federalism and made all the government institutions bow to him. Modi on Wednesday dropped hints that the Bharatiya Janata Party would forge alliance with old partners in Tamil Nadu for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

He said during his interaction with booth level BJP workers of five parliamentary constituencies of Arakkonam, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Erode and Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. The PM said: "Strong NDA [National Democratic Alliance] is an article of faith for us. It is not a compulsion. Even when the BJP won a majority on its own, we preferred to run the government with our allies. We cherish our old friends and our doors are always open for parties. But more than political issues, the winning alliance is the alliance of the people."

"Twenty years ago, the visionary leader Atalji brought in a new culture in Indian politics that is, 'successful coalition politics'. He gave utmost importance to regional aspirations and the BJP has followed the way Atalji has shown us," he added.