Jayalalithaa’s remarks against Chidambaram won’t spoil ties with Congress

first_imgJayalalithaa demanded Chidambaram’s resignation for alleged fraudulent election to the Lok Sabha.Congress insiders on Tuesday said Jayalalithaa’s anti-Chidambaram comments would not adversely impact any future alliance with the AIADMK. Officially, the Congress called the AIADMK chief’s statement seeking the home minister’s resignation – because of alleged “fraudulent” election to the Lok Sabha two years ago as “uncontrolled”. Sources said Jayalalithaa’s remarks can even possibly strengthen the ties between the two parties.Explaining Jayalalithaa’s words in Delhi, a senior AIADMK leader said the czarina was open to an alliance with the Congress and the signal was that “you first dump the DMK, then we are ready to do business with you”. Even the Congress took extra care to give out positive signals to the AIADMK chief, who is also being wooed by the BJP and the Third Front.It was only a thought-out strategy that made Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit give Jayalalithaa a bouquet, especially when Congress president Sonia Gandhi was out of the country.An AICC leader asked: “Did Dikshit go with flowers to Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati, who is also a woman CM?” On May 14, Sonia had called up Chennai to congratulate Jayalalithaa on her electoral victory in the state polls.Jayalalithaa, on her part, said it was “not appropriate” to call on Sonia when the Congress-DMK alliance was still in place. The AIADMK chief also refrained from attacking the embattled UPA government.Apart from her salvo at Chidambaram, she did not show any hostility towards the Centre.advertisementSources said the Congress wants the AIADMK’s support also because it wants Jayalalithaa’s party to prop up the UPA’s presidential candidate next year, after incumbent Pratibha Patil retires.Congress insiders, however, rule out an immediate divorce with the DMK. A party general secretary said: “The Congress is definitely warming up to the AIADMK and may eventually dump the DMK. (But) it could be next year or just before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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