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BJP open to alliances, cherishes old friends, says PM

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Thursday said the BJP was open to alliances and cherished its old friends, in a hint that it was looking to strengthen the NDA in ahead of the elections.

In an interaction with the party's booth-level workers from five districts in through video-conferencing, he recalled the "successful coalition politics" ushered in by former late Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the 1990s and said the BJP's doors were "always open".

"...20 years ago the visionary leader brought in a new culture in Indian politics, that of successful coalition He gave utmost importance to regional aspirations...BJP has followed the way has shown us," he said.

Modi, in this fourth interaction with the party workers in the state, was responding to questions from a worker whether the BJP would ally with AIADMK, DMK or Rajinikanth, who is yet to form his political party.

Lashing out at the for "ill-treating" regional parties, he said, "What did was in direct contrast to the which has never cared for regional aspirations."

"ill-treated regional political parties, aspirations and people because they felt they alone have the right to be in power," he said.

The (BJP) had fought the 2014 elections in leading a rainbow alliance comprising smaller parties including PMK, MDMK of Vaiko and won two of the 39 seats -- one each by the party and PMK.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 14:55 IST