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AIADMK will support a party which will protect interests of TN: Palaniswami

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

K Palaniswami on Friday said the AIADMK would support a party at the Centre which would strive to protect the interests of post the Lok Sabha polls.

The All Indian Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam joint coordinator's comments come a day after said the BJP was open to alliances and that it cherished its old friends, in a hint that the saffron party was looking to strengthen the NDA in ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The AIADMK, led by former Jayalalithaa, had joined hands with the BJP to face the 2004 Lok Sabha polls but the alliance could not win even a single seat while the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-combine swept the polls.

"As far as we are concerned, our stand is that whoever does good for the people of Tamil Nadu, they should come to power at the Centre," Palaniswami said at a party event here.

"We will support only those who do good for the people of Tamil Nadu," he said.

"We will not accept anyone who betrays the people of Tamil Nadu. This is our stand," he added.

On Thursday, in an interaction with party booth-level workers from five districts in Tamil Nadu through video conferencing, Modi had recalled the "successful coalition politics" ushered in by former in the 1990s and said the BJP's doors were "always open".

He was responding to a question from a worker whether the BJP would ally with the AIADMK, the DMK or Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who is yet to form his political party.

In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP joined hands with five smaller parties including the DMDK, the PMK and Vaiko-led MDMK. The alliance managed to bag only two of the 39 seats -- one each by the BJP and the PMK.

Later, all five parties snapped ties with the BJP.

Palaniswami also took a dig at the DMK for "dynastic politics".

He said DMK chief M K succeeded his father and former M and he will be succeeded by his son

"When was alive, he ensured MP's post for his daughter Kanimozhi," the said.

Others from the DMK's first family -- Karunanidhi's elder son M K Alagiri and grand nephew also rose in the party ranks, Palaniswami said.

The AIADMK, however, was a "people's movement" where even a could rise to great heights, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 18:40 IST