Tamil Nadu Polls: BJP gets Jayalalithaa’s tie-up signal

To shore up prospects of a victory, BJP is also trying to woo MDMK, which had broken ties with it after the Lok Sabha polls over the government’s handling of Lankan Tamils issue.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2016 12:31 pm
‘Jayalalithaa and Modi’s warm relationship is a contributing factor’. ‘Jayalalithaa and Modi’s warm relationship is a contributing factor’.

Struggling to find a suitable alliance partner to brighten its electoral prospects in Tamil Nadu, the BJP, has received positive signals from the ruling AIADMK for a possible tie-up.

Talks are on at the highest level, and the BJP has conveyed that it wants to fight on at least 25 seats in districts the party feels it has significant influence, according to sources. The BJP has come down from its initial demand for 100 seats and is now eyeing 60 in the upcoming Assembly elections, it is learnt.

According to sources, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s initial stance of going it alone has been “diluted”, especially after reports that the DMK-Congress alliance will be revived. In fact, Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad met DMK leader M Karunanidhi on Saturday and the parties have decided to fight the elections together.

Although they are not major players in the state, the Left parties, too, could join the Opposition alliance. Besides, the AIADMK is apprehending some erosion in its support base over the Jayalalithaa government’s handling of the Chennai floods, which came in for widespread criticism.

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A party source said the BJP is not inclined to form a pre-poll coalition with the DMK, although it was a possibility the party had toyed with earlier. “The AIADMK is almost like an ally for us in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, where we need the party’s backing. The BJP does not want to antagonise Jayalalithaa,” the source reasoned. The “warm relationship” between Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also a factor driving this possible alliance, a party leader said.

To shore up prospects of a victory, the BJP is also trying to woo MDMK, which had broken ties with the BJP immediately after the Lok Sabha elections over the Modi government’s handling of Sri Lankan Tamils issue. The saffron party is in touch with actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth’s DMDK, too.

On February 4, BJP president Amit Shah had said in Kochi that the party is open to the question of alliance, and is weighing all options.

Although the BJP has wooed and maintained “social” relationship with superstar Rajinikanth, hoping that he would be its face in Tamil Nadu, the actor has apparently turned down the offer since he does not want to antagonise any of the parties in the state. Rajinikanth, who is also said to bond well with Modi, has recently been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan.

Specifying that the BJP has been trying to rope in Rajinikanth for more than a decade, a senior leader said, “The absence of a popular face will be a handicap for the party in a state where it lacks a strong political and social base to challenge the Dravidian parties.” The DMK and the AIADMK have alternately been in power for nearly half a century, and both retain a pan-Tamil Nadu base cutting across caste lines.

The BJP is upset with the lukewarm response to Modi’s recentrally in Coimbatore but remains hopeful that if the alliance with the AIADMK works out, it can emerge as the second largest party in the state. BJP, a leader said, has considerable support in Kanyakumari, Coimbatore, Nagercoil, Nilgiri, Tiruchirappally and Madurai. Pon Radhakrishnan, the BJP’s lone Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu, was elected from Nagercoil.

BJP candidates came second five Lok Sabha seats in 2014, and the party won approximately 13 per cent of the votes polled, a record for it in the state. The BJP, which has projected itself as a party that has championed issues such as Jallikattu and roped in small caste organisations to appeal to regional sentiments, banks on the Nadar community heavily. Both Radhakrishnan and state BJP chief Tamilsai Soundarajan, who was recently given a second term, belong to this community.

The party had even celebrated the 113th birth anniversary of former Congress leader K Kamaraj, who came from the Nadar community and whose name still evokes goodwill in villages. To woo smaller community groups, Amit Shah and party’s national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao had accompanied a group of people representing seven sub-caste groups — with a population of 1 crore — demanding to be renamed Devendrakula Vellalars to meet the Prime Minister.

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First Published on: February 15, 2016 2:20 am
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    TIHAEwale
    Feb 15, 2016 at 5:52 am
    Even getting 15 seats and winning 3 of them will be a good show for BJP, Vaiko as usual will claim the most por choice among NOTA voters
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      Tamilnadu
      Feb 15, 2016 at 9:10 am
      BJP should have selected to fight alone just with smaller party alliances. Now forever it has to depend on ADMK or DMK, like congress now.
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        Betrayal.of.Tamils
        Feb 14, 2016 at 11:38 pm
        IT WAS PART OF THE DEAL IN DISPROPORTIONATE ETS CASE. AND THAT IS WHY SUBraMINION SWAMY DID NOT APPLEAL THE VERDICT. THE BCH IS BETRAYING TAMIL PEOPLE TO SAVE HERSELF.
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          Abhijit Bhattacharya
          Feb 15, 2016 at 10:24 am
          AIADMK and BJP are natural allies. Both are totally corrupt and have large armies of brainless supporters. For one group Amma is the Goddess and for the pseudo-Hindus, NaMo. This is a heavenly political marriage on earth. lol
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            Madurai Veeran
            Feb 15, 2016 at 9:19 am
            "Crooks of the Same Feather Flock Together".... Italian (VC) already sold herself to MK(DMK Oldie) n 2008 to save her A...S!!Then MK tried to save his A..S by withdrawing from UPA after swindling enough for his family( Thx to 2G,NOKIA,SUNNI TV.....) Its now Natural for All Old Crooks to Hug each other to Save their Loot in the midst of 2G,AIrcel-Maxis,NC,Alagiri scams
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              Bharadwaj Narayanan
              Feb 16, 2016 at 1:31 am
              So, is the DMK involved in fabricating such a news so that DMDK will go close to DMK ?
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                Dharam
                Feb 18, 2016 at 6:31 am
                Jaya should bring as many voters % parties to her alliance then she will win convincingly. AIADMK. BJP, PMK could be formidable alliance. Some sundry parties also to be considered for alliance. Ramdoss should drop the idea of projecting his corrupt son as future CM. This will never happen in Tamilnadu, though Ramdoss and Co is highly corrupted and caste based fanatic party.
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                  jai
                  Feb 15, 2016 at 10:52 am
                  yes, both birds of a feather! and as dirty as pigs!!
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                    JKG
                    Feb 15, 2016 at 4:46 am
                    BJP-Amma to fight against DMK-Cong..Let's see who forms next Govt in TN
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                      vinodh
                      Feb 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm
                      AIADMK, BJP AND PMK alliance is best . This will be a fantastic alliance to come again same government AIADMK mam To form good alliance do not miss next government formation
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                        Ash Gau
                        Feb 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                        oh really? and looks like your corrupt communal congress and dmk are more than natural allies and seem to be equipped with some of the dirtiest filthiest leaders on one said the bar-maid who thinks shes the queen along with her brainless pappu and on the other side the bald one e crook with his blood cancer/aids son vying for power to eat and gobble TN as much as possible!
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                          Ash Gau
                          Feb 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                          oh really? and looks like your corrupt communal congress and dmk are more than natural allies and seem to be equipped with some of the dirtiest filthiest leaders on one said the bar-maid who thinks shes the queen along with her brainless pappu and on the other side the bald one e crook with his blood cancer/aids son vying for power to eat and gobble TN as much as possible!
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                            RP
                            Feb 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm
                            This will be a fantastic alliance and will be a win-win combination for both the BJP as well as for the ADMK. They can both complement each other at state-centre level to ensure not only a win but also take TN in the path of development, growth, peace and security and protect people of TN from nefarious anti-social and anti-national elements like corrupt communal congress, dmk etc. It's about time this alliance kick starts and catapults TN forward. Jai Hind!!!
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                              M.P
                              Mar 24, 2016 at 11:20 am
                              Thiru. Seeman, the best leader that Tamilnadu ever seen. No one can near his speech and policy and plans. He would be next CM. Thiru. Seeman has progressive, and consistent, sustainable plan for Tamilnadu. So, Tie ups don't work out. All youths and educated please vote for better Future of tamilnadu.
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                                r
                                Feb 15, 2016 at 5:44 am
                                Excellent comment. Sonia did not bother about innocent Tamils killed in Lakhs in Sri Lanka but cried for Batla encounter. When Rajiv hi was killed by LTTE which was encouraged by DMK, the people of Tamil Nadu taught a lesson to DMK. But Sonia went with the same DMK. For her money and power are more important than dead husband. After all she is an Italian who can get pardon after confession.
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                                  Rajendra the
                                  Feb 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm
                                  No Tie ups gonna work in 2016 elections for Dravidian , Dynasty , National and caste based parties. This election is for NTK and Seemaan will rule TN decisively. Note my comments to verify the result after election.
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                                    S
                                    Feb 15, 2016 at 10:21 am
                                    A sound logic and understanding. Till BJP gets a foot-hold, it should not go with small parties. BJP should not stand on something which is not there (they may be a national party). It lost its hold on Karnataka due to internecine quarrels in the last election. As on date, Tamilnadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha is a dependable ally. Moreso, it will help BJP to have a foothold in Kerala too. BJP should aim at long term goals including ping of bills in upper house. We know what DMK and Congress are.
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                                      Rao
                                      Mar 31, 2016 at 9:57 am
                                      AIADMK, BJP alliance can be mutually beneficial.
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                                        P M
                                        Feb 15, 2016 at 10:29 am
                                        BJP needs crumbs .. AIDMK should not consider more than 5-6 seats ..
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                                          Augustus
                                          Feb 15, 2016 at 11:13 am
                                          Dooms day is fast approaching Tamil Nadu, the state which produced stalwarts will now crumble with communal violence, Jayalalitha has betra the state, kick her out before violence engulfs Tamil Nadu
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