Both the DMK and the BJP on Thursday dismissed reports that they were involved in talks to strike an electoral deal.

Even though DMK president M. Karunanidhi at the party’s State conference in Tiruchi made it clear that political parties committed to secularism, social justice and the Sethusamudram project alone would have place in the alliance led by his party, there are reports that the BJP is keen on an electoral pact with the DMK.

DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin described the reports as “incorrect” and said the party leadership “could not be expected to react when it had nothing to do with them.”

“You can ask us only if we are involved in such talks. I also asked our leader and he was also of the opinion that the DMK need not respond because someone has written a report,” Mr. Stalin told The Hindu after completing interviews with party aspirants for the Lok Sabha polls.

On Wednesday, while addressing a party function in Dharmapuri, the aspirants wanted the party to close the issue of alliance.” “They were confident of winning all the seats with the existing allies after witnessing the support for the DMK at its conference held in Tiruchi on February 15 and 16,” he said.

Meanwhile, BJP State president Pon Radhakrishnan, who left for New Delhi on Thursday, said his party was not involved in talks with the DMK.

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