New Delhi: MK Stalin on Friday announced that the DMK will never align with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The declaration comes a few months ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Furthermore, he said that PM Narendra Modi stands nowhere in comparison to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“DMK will never align with BJP, and Modi is not Vajpayee. Alliance under him is not a healthy alliance. It is an irony that PM Modi compares himself with Vajpayee,” Stalin said.

The DMK President’s statement comes a day after the Prime Minister that the BJP was open to alliances and cherished its old friends.

In an interaction with the party’s booth-level workers from five districts in Tamil Nadu through video-conferencing, PM Modi recalled the ‘successful coalition politics’ ushered in by former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the 1990s and said that the BJP’s doors were ‘always open’.

Responding to questions from a worker whether the BJP would ally with the AIADMK, the DMK or Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, the prime minister in the fourth interaction with the party workers in the state, had said, “…20 years ago the visionary leader Atal ji brought in a new culture in Indian politics, that of successful coalition politics. He gave utmost importance to regional aspirations… BJP has followed the way Atal ji has shown us.”

The BJP had fought the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu leading a six-party alliance comprising smaller parties, including the DMDK, the PMK and Vaiko-led MDMK, and won two of the 39 seats — one each by the saffron party and PMK. However, all five parties snapped ties with the BJP later.