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Jaya cosies up to Cong
‘DMK’s time has run out, think of me’
N Ravikumar
Tribune News Service

Chennai, February 19
In a major development in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, who is negotiating seat sharing with the Left parties, today openly invited the Congress to break its ties with the DMK and join her alliance.

Speaking at a marriage function here, Jayalalithaa said the people of Tamil Nadu were very angry with the DMK and that would reflect on the Congress if it continued its present alliance during the forthcoming Parliament elections.

“The DMK is caught in a quagmire. No one can save it. If the Congress extended its hand to save the DMK, the former will also fall into the quagmire”, she said.

”The people are ready to teach a lesson to the party, which aligned with the DMK. Hence, the Congress should snap ties with it. Whoever aligns with the AIADMK will benefit. Whoever does not align with the AIADMK will lose the elections”, she claimed.

She also asked the Congress to withdraw support to the DMK government in Tamil Nadu and dismiss the state government.

”The AIADMK and the Congress were good friends in the past. Due to that friendship, I am giving this suggestion to the Congress. The relationship with the Congress and the AIADMK was good when Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were at the helm of affairs. I considered Indira Gandhi as my mother. Since, I was a good friend of Rajiv Gandhi, I am giving this suggestions to the Congress. They should give a deep thought to it”, she said.

Jayalalithaa alleged that the law and order situation in Tamil Nadu had worsened in the last 33 months of the DMK rule. The DMK was indulging in violent and corrupt activities, with support of the Congress. So, the people would be angry with the Congress, if it continued in the DMK alliance, she said.

Recently, CPI general secretary AB Bardhan visited Jayalalithaa’s residence and said the seat-sharing negotiations with the AIADMK had began. CPM general secretary Prakash Karat had also announced that his party would have an alliance with the AIADMK in the forthcoming elections.

Jayalalithaa broke her ties with the Congress before the 1998 Parliament elections, when she joined the BJP front. Later, she toppled the Vajpayee government and joined hands with the Congress in the 1999 Parliament elections. However, she fought the 2004 elections, in alliance with the BJP and snapped ties, after the alliance failed to win even a single seat.

Later, she joined the UNPA headed by the Samajwadi Party, just before the Presidential elections. However, she voted for the BJP’s presidential candidate Bairon Singh Shekhawat, which effectively ended her ties with the UNPA.

Last year, she invited the PMK and the Left parties to have an alliance with the AIADMK.



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