Chennai: The DMK Working President MK Stalin has issued a statement on Sunday that the DMK would never form an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the future. This may be in response to a few recent developments creating an impression that such an alliance may be on the cards.
The first such hint came when PM Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to DMK President Karunanidhi’s residence on his last visit to Chennai. This set tongues wagging that this was a calculated move. Modi not only visited Karunanidhi, who has been ailing for over a year but offered to take him to Delhi for medical treatment which will be taken care of by Modi.
Around the time Modi made this surprise visit, the local BJP leaders had become critical of the ADMK government in the state, which was seen as a change of their stance since they had kept a more neutral or supportive stance towards the EPS-OPS led government earlier.
Then there were some opinion surveys which projected a win for the DMK if polls were held now. This prompted observers to feel that the BJP might be feeling that the state government has lost its influence with the voting public and was looking at joining hands with the DMK for the parliamentary elections in 2019.
But a more interesting turn came with the release of a tell-all book penned by A Raja of DMK, who has been very critical of some senior Congress leaders, particularly P Chidambaram in his book. This led some to remark that possibly, DMK’s alliance may break and the only alternative for DMK is to seek an alliance with the BJP.
Possibly these developments have prompted the Stalin issue this statement. But then, as the cliché says there are no permanent friends and permanent enemies in politics.