CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday called on DMK President M K Stalin in a bid to take forward the opposition attempt to stitch a mega alliance against the BJP at the Centre, and expressed confidence that such a coalition would indeed take shape.
“The defence of our country is the objective Stalin and I share. Alliances will always take place at the state level and then a national level alliance will take place. At the state level (Tamil Nadu), we have decided that we will be in the DMK-led secular formation,” Yechury said with Stalin by his side after the meeting.
“We have decided today that in Tamil Nadu, we will be with the DMK in the forthcoming elections. We are together on the issue of saving the unity, integrity and harmony of the people of India and the country’s constitutional institutions,” Yechury said.
He said that he and Mr Stalin “discussed in detail about an alliance to defeat the BJP in the 2019 elections”.
On being asked if a national level grand alliance will emerge, he replied, “Political parties would be able to iron out their differences for this purpose. More than the attitude of the leaders, it is the people from the ground who will push the leaders to come together to save India. And it will happen”.
He added, “All the secular-minded parties should come together. We have a common objective. Alliances will take place at the state level. CPM will be with DMK at the state level.”
Responding to actor Rajinikanth’s statement, virtually backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a ‘strong’ man electorally, Yechury referred to the earlier defeats of the late Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2004 and his successor Manmohan Singh in 2014.