BJP confident of forming alliance by Pongal
Chennai: At a time when the party is trying hard to have the DMDK in its fold for the Assembly elections, like it did during the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, the BJP has expressed the hope that the NDA in Tamil Nadu would shape up soon.
"NDA (in Tamil Nadu) would shape up soon, some time around the Pongal festival (January 15)," BJP national secretary H Raja told reporters here yesterday. He said the election work for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was delayed as cobbling of alliance with several parties had taken considerable time.
"That is why we had to face losses (electoral) in some constituencies in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls," he said. "That is why the alliance for the Assembly election would shape up soon, by Pongal," he said.
BJP had parties including the DMDK, MDMK, and PMK in the NDA for the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu in 2014. Subsequently, the MDMK snapped ties with the BJP in December 2014 and PMK said its relation with the saffron party was confined to the Centre.
The PMK, however, continues to maintain that all parties, including the BJP, were welcome to join its front for the Assembly polls provided they accepted the candidature of its leader, Anbumani Ramadoss, for the post of Chief Minister.