Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has said the AIADMK is holding talks with a few more parties, including Vijayakanth’s DMDK, to rope them into its alliance for the upcoming Lok Saha polls.
Speaking to reporters in Salem, he said, “We are talking with a few more parties. We want all those parties to join our mega alliance.” He expressed hope that the AIADMK alliance would make a clean sweep in the elections.
Justifying the AIADMK’s alliance with the PMK for the ensuing Lok Sabha and 21 Assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami said the goal was to win the maximum number of seats.
He said: “Poll alliances with parties keep changing; electoral understanding is one thing, party principles are another. During every election, each party wants to win the maximum seats and are keen to take to the people their development schemes and it is on that basis electoral alliances are forged.”
The joint coordinator of the AIADMK took a dig at the opposition camp saying confusion prevailed over the choice of its prime ministerial candidate.
“DMK MP Kanimozhi, even today, said a decision on who would be the PM for their alliance would be taken after the elections, while DMK president M K Stalin earlier proposed Rahul Gandhi as prime ministerial candidate,” he said.
Recently, he justified his announcement on providing Rs. 2,000 per family to about 60 lakh below the poverty line (BPL) families across Tamil Nadu, and said the financial assistance was not announced with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections.