In what has become a major announcement of prefixing the political twist in Tamil Nadu ahead of the assembly polls, AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran has said that the party is open to join ADMK and BJP alliance with the condition that he has to lead the alliance. The development has drawn a huge significance across the state and stirred large-scale speculations over the unification of the rivals.
Dhinakaran has on Tuesday announced that he is open to join ADMK and his statement has come days after Sasikala's appeal to the true followers of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to unite together to defeat the main opposition DMK in the elections. Dhinakaran had said that he will accept to join ADMK only if the alliance will be headed by him, in his bid to bring ADMK and its leaders under his control, which possibly under VK Sasikala.
While addressing the reporters after meeting his aunt Sasikala at her residence in T Nagar, Dhinakaran ruled out that ADMK- AMMK alliance is only speculations and signaled that it can also be possible. He said, "Our aim is to ensure that DMK does not return to power. I have been taking efforts on that and I won't say no to any party. We are ready to face the polls with the anti-DMK parties if they come to us". His open statement about the possibility of the AMMK- ADMK alliance had sparked the political debate amid the assertion from the ADMK leaders that they won't ally with Dhinakaran.
Responding to the question that whether he is ready to join hands with ADMK and BJP, Dhinakaran said, "If anyone accepts my leadership, we are ready". According to reports, the AMMK General Council had recently passed a resolution of endorsing Dhinakaran as the party's Chief Ministerial candidate. The party functionaries are currently in talks to form an alliance with the parties that accept Dhinakaran's leadership.
In his address, Dhinakaran had negated the allegations that he was going soft on the BJP. His statement has come when there were speculations that BJP has been trying to convince the ADMK leaders to align with Sasikala and Dhinakaran to defeat DMK and to ensure that votes won't get scattered. According to our sources, BJP had demanded 60 seats from ADMK and the Central ruling party said that it will offer 20 seats from 60 to Dhinakaran.
However, ADMK had rejected BJP's plan and the state ruling party has decided to give only 20 seats to the Central ruling party. The sources say that BJP aims to win representation at the assembly this time and the Central ruling party will be unhappy if it loses a strong voter base that can be built through the reunification of Sasikala and ADMK. The BJP has been working to convince ADMK and to align with Sasikala. However, the ADMK leaders, who were shocked to know BJP's plan, are not ready to invite Dhinakaran back to the party. As anything may happen in politics, the reunification can become a mega political twist ahead of the assembly polls.