In a twist to the tale, senior leadrs of RSS have called on DMK president M K Stalin in Chennai today (Monday). This has come at a time when Stalin is said to be moving close with regional parties to back a front against the BJP.
A release from RSS said: “RSS Prant Sanghachalak (Uttar Tamilnadu) Shri Kumaraswamy ji along with State Organiser Shri P M Ravikumar and Shri Sambamurthy, State Executive Member met and had an interaction with Shri M K Stalin, DMK President at Arivalayam today.”
It said further: “Shri Kumaraswamy handed over the
condolence message letter of late Shri Karunanidhi, passed at ABKM held recently at Mumbai to Shri Stalin. Copies of ABKM statement, Coffee Table book of RSS and other RSS publications were also handed over for his reading. Shri T R Balu and Shri Ponmudi were also present.”
Stating that he was not the face of the anti-BJP front which he is trying to forge, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Nadu had said the question of who would lead the alliance would be taken up later, on Friday.
Naidu, after visiting Stalin as part of his efforts to cobble up a front against the saffron party, lauded the Dravidian party leader as being better than prime minister Narendra Modi.
“Even Stalinji is better than Narendra Modiji…there are strong leaders…we will work that out and decide,” he said.
Naidu met Stalin, the leader of opposition in Tamil Nadu, at the latter’s residence in Chennai on Friday and discussed a range of issues for over an hour.
“Under the BJP rule at the Centre, states are losing their rights. Federal structure and democracy of the nation are facing a threat. I have been vocal on urging all the regional and federal forces to work together to remove BJP,” Stalin told reporters.
“Congress is the main Opposition party. They have a pan-India base. We are regional leaders — Mamata Banerjee is strong in West Bengal, MK Stalin is strong in Tamil Nadu. We have had differences with the Congress in the past 40 years but we have joined hands because saving the nation and democracy is important,” said Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Naidu.