New Delhi, Aug 3: Leader of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam TTV Dinakaran on Thursday said that the party is ready for an alliance with the Congress party for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections if the latter decides to walk out of its ties with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). Dinakaran had earlier ruled out an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Also Read - Job Advertisement For 'Hindus Only' in Tamil Nadu College Creates Uproar
Confident of winning 37 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Dinakaran said, “If the need arises, we will contest alone. Already, many are in touch with us for forging an alliance. We welcome forging an alliance. At present, the Congress is in alliance with the DMK. Let that party come out of that alliance. After that, we will consider forging an alliance with the Congress,” Dhinakaran said. Also Read - Viral Video: Outrage After Tamil Nadu Teacher Mercilessly Kicks Student, Beats Him For Skipping Class | Watch
In an interview to News18, Dinakaran had denied coming to an alliance with the BJP and the DMK. Speaking of the opposition alliance, he said, “It is natural that the opposition at the national level will try to consolidate all the regional opposition parties to win the upcoming elections,” adding that his party would win 37 seats which were won by “great leader Jayalalithaa” in 2014. Also Read - Sidhu Seeks Meet With Sonia Gandhi For His 13-Point Agenda to Resurrect Punjab Congress in 2022 Polls
Reacting on the developments, a DMK leader said that it would form an anti-BJP front but would decide on an alliance only closer to the elections. “The DMK’s primary focus is to dislodge the autocratic BJP government and ensure the unconstitutional ADMK government is removed from Tamil Nadu. Closer to the elections, the DMK’s political strategy will be revealed,” he was quoted as saying.
The reports have come months after actor Kamal Haasan, who has floated a new political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, met United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Informed sources described the meeting that took place at the residence of Sonia Gandhi as a “courtesy call”. Kamal Haasan had earlier met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and discussed the situation in Tamil Nadu.
“Enjoyed meeting Kamal Haasan in Delhi today. We discussed a wide range of issues concerning our two parties, including the political situation in Tamil Nadu,” Gandhi said in a tweet later. Haasan responded through a tweet and thanked Gandhi for his inputs. “Thank you Rahul Gandhiji for the time and inputs. Hope our conversation was useful to you as well,” he said.