The NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu got off to a formal launch in Chennai on Thursday with Rajnath Singh, president of BJP that leads the formation, declaring the
Singh released the NDA candidate list signalling all is well in the six-party alliance his party stitched up for the 2014 general elections, but not before a dramatic dialogue with leaders of alliance parters for close to four hours.
First the press meet to present allies on a common platform was scheduled for 12.30, which was then revised and re-revised to 1.30 and 3 pm.
"Rahu kaalam" (inauspicious time) was how the delay was explained.
But at 3.50 pm too the leaders did not arrive for photo opportunity.
At the press conference that began at 4 pm, Rajnath Singh, flanked by Captain Vijayakanth, PMK leader and former union health minister Anbumani Ramdoss and MDMK leader Vaiko, said the coming together of a strong alliance will script a new chapter in Tamil Nadu politics dominated by regional Dravidian parties so far.
The BJP-led NDA pre-poll alliance at one stage had almost fallen apart with PMK vowing to walk out.
As per the seat-sharing hammered out after two months of negotiations, DMDK of Vijayakanth gets to fight in 14 seats, PMK of Ramdoss in 8, Vaiko' MDMK 7 and two others one each.
The BJP is content playing junior partner contesting just 8 seats out of the total 39 in Tamil Nadu.