DMK leaders dismiss idea of alliance with BJP: Stalin will never agree

A top party leader, who is a close aide of DMK working president M K Stalin, said such a move at this stage would be suicidal for the DMK.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: November 14, 2017 7:36 am
DMK, MK Stalin, AIADMK, DMK BJP alliance, BJP, Tamil Nadu politics, 2019 General Elections, M Karunanidhi, Modi Karunanidhi, DMK working president M K Stalin. (PTI File Photo)

While some BJP leaders in Delhi say they are trying out an alternative strategy of warming up to the DMK for a better haul from Tamil Nadu in 2019 General Election if AIADMK fails to emerge from its internal crisis, several top DMK leaders as well as political observers on Monday dismissed the idea of an alliance with the saffron party.

A top party leader, who is a close aide of DMK working president M K Stalin, said such a move at this stage would be suicidal for the DMK. Likening any such coalition to driving a car in reverse gear, the DMK leader said, “Even if Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi) may have considered such options, Stalin will never do that — he does not share all sentiments of his father. He also does not do things for immediate, short-term gains.”

Two former ministers in the last DMK government led by Karunanidhi, as well as a party veteran leader, also ridiculed the idea tossed by some BJP leaders. “It shows that BJP leaders are not shrewd or cunning; they are just opportunists. Who is in alliance (with BJP) is insignificant for them, as they are becoming more isolated with 2019 polls drawing closer,” said one of the former ministers.

Calling the BJP a “destroyer of other parties”, the veteran DMK leader said, “They destroyed the ruling party in Tamil Nadu (AIADMK) to a point where they cannot even strike an alliance now. So they (BJP) are hoping for a resurgence through an alliance with DMK.”

Pointing out that Stalin, at a rally against demonetisation in Madurai on November 8, had unleashed a fierce attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies and his party’s politics, the leader said, “Stalin accused the Centre of working against basic rights and freedom of the people, and also clarified that Modi’s visit to Karunanidhi residence (on November 6) was only out of courtesy and respect for the ailing leader.”

P Ramajayam, senior political analyst with the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Trichy, said any alliance between DMK and BJP will help T T V Dinakaran, who is likely to ally with the Congress in such a scenario, as “caste factors and incompetence of AIADMK ruling faction leaders” are to Dinakaran’s advantage to get back in the party hierarchy. “By striking an alliance with BJP, Stalin will also spoil his chances of becoming CM,” he said.

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    Unmai Thamizhan
    Nov 15, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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      syed ansar
      Nov 14, 2017 at 8:07 am
      I pity the does not know even the ABCD of I TN politics......the day it began flirting with AIADMK, it was foregone conclusion that both will be the losers......DMK would not suicide joining their league......particularly when there is not an iota of doubt about DMK's bright bright prospects......apart from this , TN is not UP......jallikattu protest was a strong indication that dravidian heartland would never allow sanghi brahmanic agenda to succeed there......
      1. N
        Nov 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm
        Frog in the well. DMK had a successful one term alliance with BJP at the centre. What happened in J K? Did any one expect PDP and BJP would have an alliance? Even today a member of BJP and PDP will accept the political understanding between PDP BJP with a pinch of salt though the cadre may not be mentally prepared to accept such alliance like you seem to want to b a Tamil speaking Brahmin as a sanghi and b a Urdu loving Tamilian as Dravidan.Power is something which a politician cannot resist to accept. Politicians want chair.Means is only using religion, caste, colour, creed, language,sanghis, Mullahs, Fathers,Sex CDS, Hindi, Tamil, freebies, using money power, Aryan, Dravidan, Malayalee, local, non local etc etc.Don't be disappointed if something which you do not wish happen in politics.
      2. Subspan Raman
        Nov 14, 2017 at 8:03 am
        DMK is the party that taught the rest of India how to loot your own people. They were the first to sell medical seats and eventually were selling government posts to Dalits. They corrupted everything they touched. They used language to isolate a vast majority of Tamils from mainstream India. You can write books on how they corrupted the state and made themselves billionaires in the process.
        1. T
          Nov 14, 2017 at 2:50 pm
          raman,, i can see your cross belt,,,,,, hahhahahah as always chameleons.
        2. Sankaran Krishnan
          Nov 14, 2017 at 7:58 am
          To quote the famous words of DMK Supremo - " In Politics there is no permanent enemies or friends" and if the 2 G case verdict is agaisnt the Congress and DMK the party is finished electorally and if the verdict is delayed for the sake to retain power at the State level which is crucial for sticking the post of DMK post for Mr Stalin he needs the support of the Govt. at the Centre and he will selfishly act because of the family feud that already exists which will burst out into the open which is not far away for them and to be precise what happened to AIADMK will happen to DMK if it is split and that is the reality !!!
          1. Miles JJCC
            Nov 14, 2017 at 6:31 am
            Is Indian politics some kind of joke? Congress joins hand with party linked to Rajiv killers and now BJP begging to join hands with same party linked with 2G spectrum scandal. Indian people really need to assess what sort of politics they promote
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