AIADMK May Join NDA Soon

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

AIADMK is likely to re­join the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance that it quit in 1999. Party supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa is sched­uled to meet Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in New Delhi on Tues­day when con­tours of the tie-up will be given fi­nal shape. Sources said Jay­alalithaa will meet Modi and fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley on Tues­day and dis­cuss the AIADMK's in­ten­tion to join NDA. Though the BJP-led coali­tion has enough num­bers in the Lok Sabha, the party feels it should have good re­la­tions with non-Congress par­ties to help it pass bills in the Ra­jya Sabha where the govern­ment is in a mi­nor­ity. AIADMK has 10 MPs in the Ra­jya Sabha. In re­turn for this sup­port to BJP in the Up­per House, Jay­alalithaa is likely to ask for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for Tamil Nadu, ac­cord­ing to sources. Jait­ley had called up Jay­alalithaa on Thurs­day and dis­cussed some of the is­sues she had men­tioned in a let­ter to Modi af­ter he be­came PM. Though Jay­alalithaa and Modi have had been on good terms for long, there was a slight hic­cup last week when the govern­ment ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to Sri Lankan pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaka, whom AIADMK is op­posed to for war crimes com­mit­ted against eth­nic Tamil mi­nori­ties in Sri Lanka. Jay­alalithaa did not at­tend Modi’s swear­ing-in cer­e­mony on May 26 in protest.

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