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HindustanTimes Fri,24 Oct 2014

Alagiri meets Manmohan and BJP leaders, DMK perplexed

Shekhar Iyer, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 14, 2014
First Published: 01:27 IST(14/3/2014) | Last Updated: 01:30 IST(14/3/2014)

Former Union minister and rebel DMK leader MK Alagiri flew in to Delhi on Thursday for a brief visit during which he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and is said to have got in touch with some BJP leaders, leaving his parent party leaders perplexed.

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He apparently spoke with a senior BJP leader, assuring him that his supporters would back the saffron party if it put up a candidate from the Madurai Lok Sabha constituency.

The BJP is currently negotiating a seat-sharing deal with the DMDK, PMK and the MDMK as part of a new front to oppose the AIADMK as well as the DMK.

Suspended for opposing his brother MK Stalin, Alagiri is keen to defeat the official DMK candidate from Madurai, which he held in the outgoing House.

A firm backer of an alliance with the Congress, Alagiri had fought with his father and brother when the DMK withdrew its ministers from the UPA government last year.

Alagiri said he would decide his course of action after consulting his supporters, perhaps by floating his own outfit after the Lok Sabha polls to prepare for the 2016 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

Refusing to clarify if he would launch his own party, Alagiri said he could not be written off though he stands isolated in the DMK. “I would surely play a role in the Lok Sabha polls. But I cannot indicate the kind of role,” he told mediapersons after meeting the PM.

Alagiri’s stated reason for meeting the PM was to urge the Centre to name the Madurai airport after freedom fighter Pasupon Muthuramalinga Thevar.


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