Says he will make his comment on DMK stand today

Reiterating that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is the ‘B team’ of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the general elections, Union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram has predicted that the AIADMK will go with the BJP after the elections.

In a statement here on Monday, the senior Congress leader said that after the elections, only two parties – the Congress and the BJP — would strive to form government at the Centre. When the BJP “begins that exercise, the AIADMK will be the first party to support the BJP,” the senior Congress leader said.

Pointing out that both the AIADMK and the DMK were yet to make their stands clear on the issue, though it was very clear that only the Congress and the BJP would try to form government, he said he had not an iota of doubt about the AIADMK's stand. He would make his comment on DMK’s stand on Tuesday.

Referring to his remark on the AIADMK being a 'B team' of the BJP, Mr Chidambaram said he was reiterating it today even after Ms Jayalalithaa's Karaikudi election rally (in which she denied her party was B team to the BJP), as many policies of the BJP coincided with those of the AIADMK.

Both the parties shared similar views on issues such as building of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, putting the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel project on the backburner and enforcing common civil code, he alleged.

Ms Jayalalithaa, who refrained from criticising the BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in her election rallies, had snapped ties with the Left parties, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and CPI fearing that they would go all out and attack the BJP during the electioneering.

“Ms Jayalalithaa has discarded the Left parties only on the pressure of Mr Modi,” he charged.

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