AIADMK-CPI(M) strike a deal for Lok Sabha polls

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 00:23

Chennai/Patna: Following up on its agreement with CPI, the AIADMK on Monday worked out an alliance with CPI(M) to fight the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu as efforts to cobble a non-BJP, non-Congress front gained momentum.

"I am happy to announce that the AIADMK and the CPI(M) have decided to enter into an alliance to face the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections together.

And we expect that this alliance would be very successful," AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa announced here in the presence of CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat.

The decision comes before the Feb 5 meeting of leaders of Parliamentary Parties of various non-Congress, non-BJP in Parliament on Feb 5 that could be the starting point for formation of a front for the Lok Sabha polls.

In Patna, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who is working for building a third front of parties claimed that there was no chance of either BJP or Congress-led alliances coming to power.

"...In this circumstance, formation of a grouping of anti-Congress and anti-BJP parties will be significant in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

There were `functional problems` in forming a separate grouping of non-BJP and non-Congress parties in Parliament but efforts would be made to forge `maximum possible unity`.
"It`s known that in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress and the Left cannot come together. Similarly, in Uttar Pradesh SP and BSP are loggerheads with each other," Kumar said.

"Our efforts will be to forge maximum possible unity among parties on common issues while parties will maintain their separate identities," he said.

Kumar, who is driving force of the JD(U), said after February 5 meeting in Delhi, it would be clear what shape the grouping would take.

"Formation of a separate grouping in Parliament will be a new thing," he said.
Kumar said the SP, JD(U), BJD, AIADMK, Trinamool
Congress, Jharkhand Vikas Party, Asom Gana Parishad, and Left parties were talking among themselves for such a grouping.

The Left parties were taking the initiative and JD(U) was actively supporting them, he said on the sidelines of `Janata ke Darbar` programme.

In Chennai, the CPI(M) General Secretary said the CPI(M) and AIADMK were confident that their alliance would be successful in Tamil Nadu and also "contribute to providing an alternative.

"I think it is clear that there are large number of parties -- non-Congress, non-BJP parties, which have substantial support and strength in this country. This will be reflected in the coming elections," Karat said.

To a query as to who would be their prime ministerial candidate, Jayalalithaa and Karat said it was pointless for any party to enter into such discussions now as the question would arise only after the election results were out.

"I would like to make one thing clear to all media persons. This is not the time for anyone to discuss and decide who the next PM will be. It is pointless now.

The question of who the next PM will be, we will arrive only after the elections results," Jayalalitha said.
AIADMK had yesterday announced its alliance with CPI for
the Lok Sabha polls.

The Left parties` ties with AIADMK grew stronger after Jayalalithaa supported two of their candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls leading to their victory.

Left parties in Tamil Nadu have remained with the AIADMK since the 2011 Assembly polls, while Manidhaneya Makkal Katchi and Puthiya Thamizhagam have left the alliance and joined hands with the DMK.

As for other parties, BJP has already inked an alliance with MDMK and is attempting to rope in PMK and actor-turned politician Vijayakant`s DMDK.

DMK, which faced the 2009 Lok Sabha polls with Congress, left the alliance over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue early last year and is now trying to have truck with DMDK.

DMDK, which was a major ally of AIADMK in 2011 Assembly polls, parted ways later. The party has not made any announcement on alliance so far.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi quit UPA along with DMK over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and has remained with that party.

Congress is yet to clinch a deal with any party in the state so far.



First Published: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 15:41

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