Chennai: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the BJP was open to alliances and that it cherished its old friends, Tamilnadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said his party would support a party at the Centre that would strive to protect the interests of Tamilnadu post the Lok Sabha elections.
The AIADMK had joined hands with the BJP to face the 2004 Lok Sabha polls but the alliance could not win even a single seat.
At a party event, Palaniswami said, “As far as we are concerned, our stand is that whoever does good for the people of Tamilnadu, they should come to power at the Centre. We will support only those who do good for the people of Tamilnadu.” He also added that his party will not accept anyone who betrays the people of Tamilnadu.
Modi through a video conferencing interaction with party workers on Thursday said successful coalition politics ushered in by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the 1990s and said the BJP’s doors were always open.
He was responding to questions from a worker on whether the BJP would ally with AIADMK, DMK or Tamil superstar Rajinikanth. The BJP had fought the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Tamilnadu leading a six-party alliance comprising smaller parties, including the DMDK, the PMK and Vaiko-led MDMK, and won two of the 39 seats. However, all five parties snapped ties with the BJP later.
Taking a dig at DMK, Palaniswami said M K Stalin succeeded his father and former party president M Karunanidhi and he will be succeeded by his son Udhayanidhi.
“When Karunanidhi was alive, he ensured MP’s post for his daughter Kanimozhi. Others from the DMK’s first family – M K Alagiri and Dayanidhi Maran also rose in the party ranks.”
He further added that he AIADMK, was a people’s movement and that even a grassroots level party worker could rise to great heights.