Alliance move to reciprocate respect shown by other parties: Jayakumar

Chennai: Senior AIADMK leader and Tamilnadu Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said on Thursday the party’s decision to forge alliance was a way of reciprocating respect shown by other parties towards it.

Jayakumar’s remark comes close on the heels of the statement made by AIADMK Coordinator and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam that the party was holding talks with regional, national and friendly parties for an alliance. The ruling party had however faced the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on its own.

Speaking to reporters, Jayakumar said AIADMK continued to enjoy the same level of clout among the people as it had under the leadership of late chief minister Jayalalithaa.

The government’s performance was based on the directions laid down by her. “AIADMK is now enjoying the same clout that it had when Amma was alive. It has not gone down even a bit. But, even if we are strong, we accommodate other parties respecting them as they come to us out of respect,” Jayakumar said.

“As far as we are concerned, DMK is our rival. AIADMK doesn’t consider AMMK as a party at all,” he said when asked if the TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK would make an impact in the elections.

Jayakumar also expressed confidence that they would have a grand victory in the coming elections. The AIADMK had won 37 of the 39 seats in the 2014 Parliamentary elections under Jayalalithaa.

NT Bureau