Advani calls Jayalalithaa a `natural ally`

Reaching out to the AIADMK supremo LK Advani said Jayalalithaa and her party have been "functioning as a natural ally," of his party.

Chennai: Barely a month after AIADMK supremo
J Jayalalithaa fancied a national role for her party in Lok
Sabha polls due in 2014, BJP leader LK Advani on Saturday described
her as a "natural ally," fuelling speculation that both
parties could come together ahead of the polls.

"We see in Jayalalithaa a natural ally," Advani said at
the 42nd anniversary celebrations of Tamil weekly `Thuglaq,`
edited by noted political commentator Cho S Ramaswamy.

Reaching out to the AIADMK supremo, the BJP veteran said
Jayalalithaa and her party have been "functioning as a natural
ally," of his party.

"Although AIADMK is not formally a part of the National
Democratic Alliance yet, our informal co-operation with
Jayalalithaa`s party and especially floor co-ordination with
it in Parliament has been growing," Advani said in the
presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who is known
to be close to the AIADMK leader.

Showering praise on Jayalalithaa, Advani said he saw an
"atmosphere of rapid change and soaring confidence in Tamil
Nadu" after she had won the April 13 assembly elections.

"Today, our country needs more and more transformational
leaders like Jayalalithaa and Modi," he said.

Advani`s remarks assume significance as only recently
Jayalalalithaa had said that time was ripe for her party to
strengthen its position in national politics and "become a
power to decide the next Prime Minister".

Addressing partymen at AIADMK`s top decision-making body
General Council in December last, she had recalled the
installation of NDA government headed by AB Vajpayee in 1998
and said "Our contribution in that is immeasurable."

The two parties had last faced the 2004 Lok Sabha polls
as allies but drew a blank in the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies.