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TN BJP invites AIADMK to return to NDA

The Tamil Nadu BJP today issued an open invitation to the AIADMK to return to the National Democratic Alliance to defeat the proposed DMK-Congress alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Talking to reporters here, Tamil Nadu BJP president C P Radhakrishnan said that since the DMK had left the NDA and was trying to forge an alliance with the Congress, the BJP had to ally with the AIADMK.

Admitting that the BJP still remembered the painful experience when the first Vajpayee Government fell by one vote after the withdrawal of support by the AIADMK in 1999, Mr Radhakrishnan said that at the same time it was the AIADMK which removed the stigma of untouchability by joining hands with the BJP in 1998. "We are thankful to AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalitha for that,” he said.
Mr Radhakrishnan said there was nothing wrong in forming a strong alliance to defeat the opportunistic alliance of the DMK and the Congress.

He said the BJP leaders were striving for an alliance with the AIADMK. He played down Ms Jayalalitha's comment that she would strive for a third front for the coming Lok Sabha elections and that the BJP should be defeated for betraying Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery issue. In this connection, he pointed out alliances were formed on the basis of compulsions of realpolitik and no understanding could be reached with any party if the BJP were to go by past statements of various leaders.

Mr Radhakrishnan said that if the AIADMK were to return to the NDA fold, it would lead the alliance in Tamil Nadu.

He expressed the hope that unlike the Marumalarchi DMK, which followed the DMK in quitting the NDA, the PMK would stay with them.

Asked about the PMK's stand that it would demand at least ten Lok Sabha seats, Mr Radhakrishnan expressed the hope that it would show accommodative spirit.
Mr Radhakrishnan declined to comment when asked whether Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley was coming to Chennai tomorrow to hold alliance talks with Ms Jayalalitha.

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