New Delhi: In a move that may have some
implications for future political alignment, AIADMK on Sunday
associated itself with the anti-corruption movement of BJP.
AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa deputed its parliamentary
chief M Thambidurai for the concluding function of BJP leader
LK Advani`s Jan Chetna Yatra at the Ramlila Maidan here
"I want to congratulate Advaniji on behalf of our leader J
Jayalalitha for raising the issue of corruption. I convey my
greetings to you from my leader J Jayalalitha," he said.
He said, "We hope that all like-minded political parties
get together in raising the issue of corruption against the
UPA and help give good governance to the people of the
The AIADMK gesture assumes significance, as it comes ahead
of the winter session of Parliament which starts on Tuesday.
The BJP-led NDA is planning to corner the government on the
issues of corruption, price rise and black money.
Even though AIADMK is not part of the BJP-led National
Democratic Alliance (NDA), its leader Thambidurai sat
prominently among other NDA leaders on the stage at the
Ramlila maidan and joined the NDA leaders in attacking the
Congress-led UPA government on corruption.
Thambidurai also recalled how various political parties
got together with AIADMK last November in raising the 2G issue
in Parliament alongwith other corruption issues.
"I am thankful to all opposition parties for raising the
2G scam issue and other issues of corruption against the UPA
in Parliament," he said.
Thambidurai was also sent by AIADMK chief J Jayalalitha
to represent the party at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi`s Sadbhavna fast for peace and harmony sometime ago.
BJP sources say the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had
informed Advani last night of her party sending an emissary on
the concluding day of his yatra.
Incidentally, Jayalalithaa had earlier this year offered
to back the Congress in Parliament if UPA parted ways with DMK
led by M Karunanidhi, in the wake of corruption allegations
against its ministers.
NDA`s new ally Republican Party of India (RPI) was
represented at the rally by its leader Ramdas Athawale, who
was also seated prominently alongwith other NDA leaders Sharad
Yadav of JDU, Anant Geete of Shiv Sena and Manjit Singh of
Shiromani Akali Dal`s Delhi unit.