If reports are anything to go by, an alliance between the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Bharatiya Janata Party is on the cards in Tamil Nadu for the upcoming assembly elections.
Media reports, quoting certain sources, said that talks are on between the two parties, and that AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa has given positive signals for a possible tie-up. They said the BJP has scaled down its initial demand for 100 seats and is now eying for at least 60 seats in the elections.
The new development came two days after Karunanidhi's Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam struck an election deal with Congress. Senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad had on Saturday formally announced that the party will fight the assembly polls in an alliance with the DMK in the state. The Left parties, though not prominent players in the state, also may join the DMK alliance.
BJP feels that the party's support would mean a gain of at least a 10 per cent vote for AIADMK. Sources said the saffron party is also trying to rope in superstar Rajinikanth to campaign for it in the elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys cordial equations with both Jayalalithaa and Rajinikanth.
The support of Jayalalithaa is crucial for the BJP in Rajya Sabha where the AIADMK has 11 MPs.