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Alagiri -BJP Rajnath meet fuels speculation

Chennai, Mar 15 (): Alagiri during his visit to Delhi to thank the PM made a visit to BJP president Rajnath Singh. The meeting arranged by a senior BJP leader lasted for 45 minutes. This move by Alagiri is seen as an effort to divide the DMK votes and shift it to BJP.

Yesterday, Alagiri along with his son Durai met Rajinikanth which he said was for peace of mind and nothing political. Alagiri suspended from DMK met Rajinikanth when his brother started the poll campaign in Kanyakumari.

For BJP, the support of Alagiri is crucial as DMDK seems to be moving away from the alliance. Vijayakanth started his poll campaign by announcing 5 seats unilaterally on the day BJP leader Rao had come from Delhi to finalise the alliance. Rao said that DMDK was not coming in for talks.

In the event of DMDK not coming on board, silent support of Alagiri can lessen the damage. In 7 LS constituencies mainly in South of the State, supporters of Alagiri can play spoilsport with DMK.

In 2001, DMK faced a similar rebellion and lost in 12 constituencies. Alagiri had termed BJP alliance as second biggest and with PMK along with DMDK and MDMK on board, it could win 10 seats. Without PMK, it can hope to get 6-7 seats, he said and added that DMK would be lucky to get two seats. Now without DMDK, BJP alliance will win how many seats is to be seen.

The Left after 1991 is going it alone in 18 LS seats. Congress now says that by fighting poll battle alone is a blessing in disguise. It will now be able to show its real strength.

Many Union ministers from Tamil Nadu are shying away from the poll arena and the high command is finding it tough to get veterans in the fray.

Jayalalithaa’s poll campaign is drawing huge crowds and her targets are the UPA and ex-ally DMK. Price rise and lack of support from Centre for State programmes is AIADMK’s  plank while Vijayakanth says AIADMK has put the state in darkness and law and order has collapsed.

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