AIADMK insiders, however, say Jayalalithaa’s move isn’t a signal for a Congress alliance. Instead, she may want to tell people that her government has a share in all welfare schemes.
She also wants to send a signal to TN Congress leaders and cadres who are opposed to a fresh tie-up with the DMK.
Jayalalithaa is eyeing the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats from TN and Pondicherry, with 40 seats, to play a key role at the Centre. Hence, she would be averse to a tie-up with either national party, they say.
Both Congress and BJP are wooing actor Vijaykanth-led DMDMK, who has kept the cards close to his chest. Rahul Gandhi called him up on his birthday as a warm-up exercise but Vijayakanth is in no hurry to decide. As for the BJP and the DMK, there are no visible signs yet of a tie-up. But both have trashed the joint parliamentary committee (JPC)’s report on the 2G spectrum scam, involving ex-telecom minister A Raja.
DMK insiders say some of the party leaders want DMK chief M Karunanidhi to review his approach towards Narendra Modi as he is growing in popularity — though others fear a consolidation of minority votes against the party.
Last week, DMK chief M Karunanidhi wrote to non-AIADMK parties, including the BJP, to support his party candidate in the bypoll for Yercaud assembly seat.