Stalin rules out alliance with BJP

Published: 06:07 GMT, Feb 11, 2016 |

DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of his party aligning with the BJP in the 2016 Assembly elections.

“There is no basis for the reports that the BJP and the DMK could come together to face the election. But we are happy that those who described us as untouchables are after us now,” Mr. Stalin said reiterating that there was no formal communication from the BJP on a possible alliance.

Mr. Stalin on Wednesday met Sri Sri Ravishankar, the founder of Art of Living Foundation, who is perceived to be close to the BJP. However, the DMK leader described it as a personal visit.

“When I visited him in Bengaluru sometime ago, he promised to meet me during his visit to Chennai. He also congratulated me over phone when I was undertaking flood relief work. Today, he also appreciated my ‘Namakku Naame’ road show,” said Mr Stalin who has so far completed four rounds of the outreach programme.

Ravishankar reportedly invited Mr Stalin for a function to be held on March 11 and 12 in Delhi.

“But I told him that I may not be in a position to take part as I will be busy with election work,” he said.

Meanwhile, DMK leader M. Karunanidhi joined issue with CPI (M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan as the latter had alleged that both the DMK and the AIADMK had not done anything constructive for the betterment of the poor.

“This (thought) had never occurred to them when they aligned with the DMK and the AIADMK alternatively since 1967. He (Ramakrishnan) lacks the courage to criticise the AIADMK and he singles out the DMK as we are open to criticism,” Mr Karunanidhi said.