Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has reacted cautiously to media queries over the BJP’s possibilities of an alliance with the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, which is apparently facing a leadership vacuum following the demise of party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
“It is too early to discuss anything (about alliance)… just now only last rites of madam (Jayalalithaa) were performed. Secondly, there is no election now. There is no alignment. There is no realignment also now. Let us wait and see …,” Naidu said.
“I had only said that there is an ideological affinity between the parties. That is all,” the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, who is a senior leader in the BJP, said.
Asked if his describing AIADMK as a “natural ally” meant that it would join the NDA fold, Naidu said, “natural is the word used by a section of media friends. I have not used that word. I said there is an ideological affinity to some extent. This is the word I used…”
Venkaiah said the AIADMK had been supporting the Narendra Modi government on a few issues, and that it was critical on some.
“Yes they are an independent party. We did not have an electoral alliance (with AIADMK). Whether we will have an alliance or not in future, there is a lot of time. This is not the time to discuss,” he added.