New Delhi: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Chief MK Stalin on Monday said that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Tamilisai Soundararajan could prove that he was in touch with the saffron party to form an alliance with them, then he would quit “politics”.
“If Tamilisai and Modi prove I was in contact with BJP to form an alliance with them, I’ll quit politics. If they fail to prove, will she & Modi quit politics? I condemn the statement made by BJP State President Tamilisai,” DMK President MK Stalin said.
Earlier in the day, Tamilisai Soundararajan asserted the DMK was in talks with the BJP. The Tamil Nadu BJP Chief said, “Yes, it’s true, they are talking through somebody & establishing contact. BJP is all set to win, all poll predictions point to BJP’s victory, wherever you go BJP is winning.”
MK Stalin also clarified today that K Chandrashekar Rao did not come to Tamil Nadu to talk about the formation of Federal Front. Stalin added, “He came to visit temples. He wanted to meet me. It was a courtesy visit.”
This development comes a Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met MK Stalin in Tamil Nadu to talk about emerging political developments in the country. The meeting took place at Stalin’s residence in Chennai. Before meeting the DMK chief, KCR first visited Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli.
Reports have it that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo had stepped up efforts to forge a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties and recently met his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.
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A DMK leader reportedly said that while Stalin continues to stick with his proposed name for the Prime Minister’s post – Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The leader added that Rao is trying to promote a non-BJP, non-Congress Federal front. The DMK leader also claimed that the stability of the government at the Centre may be affected by a Federal Front as the earlier experiences in such fronts were not pleasant. Last year, a similar meeting took place between Rao and Stalin in Chennai. They discussed issues affecting the state’s autonomy, finances and the political situation.