BJP claims DMK wants post-poll tie-up, Stalin rub­bishes it as a lie

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Nation election20­19 -

If Tamil­i­sai or Modi... [can] prove that I am talk­ing to them for an al­liance with the BJP, I’m pre­pared to quit pol­i­tics.

CHEN­NAI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state pres­i­dent Tamil­i­sai Soundarara­jan on Tues­day al­leged that the Op­po­si­tion Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam was in talks with the BJP for a pos­si­ble post-poll tie-up.

De­bunk­ing Soundarara­jan’s claim as a “mo­ti­vated, pre­pos­ter­ous (and) unadul­ter­ated lie,” DMK chief Stalin said that he would quit pol­i­tics if the al­le­ga­tions made by her were proven.

The DMK and the Congress fought the elec­tions in Tamil Nadu as an al­liance, while the BJP is in al­liance with rul­ing party All In­dia Anna Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam.

Stalin, who had met Te­lan­gana chief min­is­ter K Chan­drasekhar Rao (re­ferred to as KCR) a day be­fore, told re­porters that he saw no chance for a nonBJP, non-Congress third front gov­ern­ment take shape af­ter the Lok Sabha re­sults are de­clared on May 23.

KCR, the Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi supremo has ar­tic­u­lated his wish to cre­ate a non-Congress, non-BJP fed­eral front of re­gional par­ties. At the same time, the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the Congress and TRS have been open, and lead­ers said the DMK has been a go-be­tween, as re­ported by HT.

“If Tamil­i­sai Soundarara­jan or Naren­dra Modi...[can] prove that I am talk­ing to them for an al­liance with the BJP, I’m pre­pared to quit pol­i­tics. If they fail to prove it, will they re­nounce pol­i­tics?” Stalin said in a state­ment on Tues­day.

“I was the first to en­dorse Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi for Prime Min­is­ter­ship and rip apart Modi as a ‘fas­cist, sadist and au­to­crat’ through­out the poll cam­paign to pre­vent by all means his re­turn to power,” the DMK chief re­called.

Stalin said that Soundarar­jan made the com­ment in order to pre­vent mi­nori­ties from vot­ing for the DMK in the May 19 by-elec­tions for four Assem­bly con­stituen­cies.

Ear­lier in the day, Soundarara­jan told re­porters in Thoothukud­i, “The hunger and thirst for of­fice is driv­ing Stalin to reach out to Modi. First, it was Rahul, then KCR [Te­lan­gana CM K Chan­drashekhar Rao] and now it is Modi. Ev­ery­one knows the DMK changes colours...They are speak­ing through some­one and are es­tab­lish­ing con­nec­tion.”

“It is true,” she said when asked whether the DMK was in touch with the BJP for a post-poll tie-up.

“Emer­gence of any num­ber of fronts would only ben­e­fit the BJP,” she said re­gard­ing the Stalin-KCR meet­ing.

Soundarara­jan con­tested from Thoothukud­i against DMK’s Kan­i­mozhi in Phase 2 of the on­go­ing gen­eral elec­tions.

“There is not even an iota of truth in Tamil­i­sai’s un­founded claim. The DMK is firmly with the Congress. This be­trays the saf­fron party’s mor­tal fear of fac­ing the prospect of a rout in the LS poll,” KS Ala­giri, pres­i­dent of Tamil Nadu Congress said.

Mean­while, TRS spokesman Abid Ra­sool Khan told IANS that they were con­fi­dent that a fed­eral front will form the gov­ern­ment af­ter re­sults are an­nounced on May 23.

“We are con­fi­dent that we will get the num­bers to form the gov­ern­ment, but if we are short of num­bers and Congress wants to ex­tend out­side sup­port we will con­sider,” said Khan.

MK STALIN, DMK pres­i­dent

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