NEW DELHI, 15 May-2014, ET: Stirring political buzz ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results on May 16, AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Thursday expelled party leader K Malaisamy following his statements that she may like close ties with a possible Narendra Modi-led NDA government.
A party statement said Malaisamy has been removed from the primary membership of AIADMK for violating party discipline and for bringing disrepute to its image.
K Malaisamy had on Wednesday said that since his boss and party supremo J Jayalalithaa and Narendra Modi were great friends, the Tamil Nadu chief minister would like to keep close ties with BJP if the Gujarat CM was appointed prime minister. “Modi is a great friend of Jayalalithaa. They may differ politically, but if he becomes PM then Madam would like close ties,” he said.
Jayalalithaa had also struck a cautious note, only saying that “this was not the time for any comments”. “I would prefer to wait for May 16 and the actual numbers,” she had told reporters in Chennai.
On the likelihood of her party supporting a Third Front, Jayalalithaa, whose AIADMK has been projected to win a majority of the 39 seats in the state by various exit polls, said “I cannot make any remark on any other subject.”
During the campaign, the AIADMK supremo had attacked the Gujarat model of development, the main plank of Narendra Modi who also slammed AIADMK and DMK of indulging in vendetta politics.
Meanwhile, BJD’s chief whip in the Odisha assembly, Pravat Tripathi, has also given strong hints to this effect. Tripathi has indicated that his party, an erstwhile ally of BJP and a constituent of an earlier NDA, may not have reservations in rekindling the relationship.
He later clarified that the party was not in talks with NDA and was yet to take a final call on extending support. Tripathi’s colleague, senior BJD MP Jay Panda, also seemed to endorse his comments, saying the party could consider “conditional support” to an NDA government if Odisha was granted a special status that comes with hefty financial incentives.
The comments came amid speculation that BJP leaders were in touch with these parties for support.
BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi held consultations with senior party colleagues, including Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, in Gandhinagar on the post-poll prospects.