In a rare media interview, AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa flatly denied recent speculation about her having held talks with the BJP on forming a post poll alliance. She also denied any personal prime ministerial ambitions.
Asked if any alliance with the BJP was possible after the polls, she said: “A good politician never rules out anything.”
“As of now we are with the Third Front,” Jayalalitha told Times Now channel.
“We are in alliance with the Left, the MDMK and the PMK. There is no question of holding talks with any other party on a possible alliance after the polls.”
“What we are working towards is a dispensation at the center which is led by neither the BJP nor the Congress,” she added. “It stands to reason that after the Lok Sabha poll results are out, we will sit together with the MDMK, the PMK and other parties and decide (on who to support to form the next union government).”
“I have no personal ambitions of becoming prime minister,” said Jayalalitha, while expressing confidence that her alliance would sweep the polls in Tamil Nadu.
“Our country should prosper and take its rightful place as a superpower,” the former Tamil Nadu chief minister added.
Though the MDMK is her electoral ally, Jayalalitha completely dissociated herself from its leader Vaiko’s remark that ‘rivers of blood would flow’ if the problem of Tamils in Sri Lanka was not satisfactorily addressed.
“The AIADMK is firmly committed to upholding the sovereignty of India and safeguarding its integrity,” she said.
How then did she tolerate Vaiko as an alliance partner? She referred to the clarification he had issued. “We have to take it at face value now,” she said.