Sonia's foreign origin main issue in polls: Jayalalithaa

Updated on May 03, 2004 04:56 PM IST

AIADMK supremo said Sonia's foreign origin is an issue in the polls, but evaded queries on supporting a Congress-led coalition without Sonia.

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AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa on Monday said Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin is the main issue in the elections, but sidestepped questions about supporting a Congress-led coalition without Sonia.

"In a country with a population of more than 100 crore can we not find an 'Indian' to lead the country. This has become the main issue in this election", the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, who is spearheading the AIADMK-BJP combine campaign, said.

Jayalalithaa said it did not matter what the political commentators or analysts say, "but this is the issue before us".

"At this moment, all my energies are concentrated on winning this elections. I do not want to indulge in speculation. That is all premature", she said when asked whether her party could back Congress if Gandhi declares that she would not be the Prime Minister.

When told that the DMK-led alliance consists of several parties and she was the sole campaigner of her alliance, she said "I am not worried about it at all. Numbers do not mean anything."

In this regard, she drew a parallel from Mahabharata reminding that there were only five Pandavas against 100 Kauravas and "who won in the end".

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