Amid the speculations of the possibilities of ADMK- AMMK merger ahead of the assembly polls, the ADMK has on Wednesday strongly asserted that there is no chance that both the rivals would be merged and contest in the polls. The assertion from the Tamil Nadu ruling party has come when there have been talks that BJP is engineering the operation to merge the parties in its bid to defeat DMK and to win representation in the state assembly.
The speculations had sparked fresh debates after Dhinakaran said that he is ready to ally in ADMK- BJP alliance with the condition that he has to lead the alliance. The political observers had said that BJP had forced the ADMK to align with AMMK to ensure that the alliance will cultivate a stronger voter base from ADMK and Sasikala. However, the ADMK has been voicing against BJP's plan of merging with Sasikala.
Responding to the speculations, senior ADMK leader and Tamil Nadu Minister D Jayakumar had on Wednesday denied the possibilities of merging with Sasikala and said that no one is forcing ADMK and BJP doesn't interfere with the internal matters of the party. Jayakumar had negated the possibilities of a merger between ADMK and AMMK. While addressing the reporters, Jayakumar said that BJP has never interfered in the internal matters of the party.
The minister said that there are speculations that BJP is pressuring ADMK to merge with Sasikala. It's not true and as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had said in Delhi recently after meeting the Prime Minister, AMMK's TTV Dhinakaran or Sasikala cannot join the party and there is no chance of a merger.
Jayakumar claimed that AMMK is a pack of jackals and ADMK is a pride of lions and asserted that the merger wasn't discussed with Home Minister Amit Shah when the latter came to Chennai and held talks with the ADMK leaders over the seat-sharing for the assembly polls. He added that BJP knows that it will not be democratic if they interfere in the internal matters of the party.
On Tuesday, AMMK leader Dhinakaran addressed the reporters after meeting his aunt VK Sasikala at her residence in T Nagar during which 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". 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. The Central ruling party had also demanded ADMK to allot Kanyakumari parliamentary constituency. However, amid the hectic parleys, the ADMK has finally decided to offer 20- 22 seats to BJP as the state ruling leaders have made up their minds that Pattali Makka Katchi (PMK) is the major partner in the alliance after ADMK with 23 seats.