Accuses a section of media of creating wrong impression

DMK leader M. Karunanidhi on Friday made it clear that his party would not align with the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls and accused a section of the media of publishing reports to create a wrong impression about the alliance.

Mr. Karunanidhi in a statement clarified that even though he had openly declared in the DMK general council that there would be no alliance with the Congress and the BJP, his speech had been distorted by supporters of the Congress and the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

“They are making statements as if I am in favour of a particular party. As a leader of a political party, I am saddened by such reports. They even deserve condemnation,” he said.

Asked about his positive remarks about Mr. Modi, the DMK leader said he had already issued a clarification on the issue.

“In the general council, I only expressed my opinion on political parties. We have taken a clear decision, taking into account point of agreements and disagreements with the Congress and the BJP. The partymen have to abide by the line,” he said.

To a question whether the DMK would contest alone in the Lok Sabha polls, he said, “we will go to the polls with our existing allies.”

Asked about the possibility of roping in Vijayakant’s Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) into the alliance, Mr. Karunanidhi said he had no idea about it.

Non-committal

He was also non-committal about a third front, saying that he could not speculate.

Mr. Karunanidhi refused to comment on reports that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was in the race for the Prime Minister post and her plans to field her party candidates in all the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Mr. Karunanidhi also congratulated the Aam Admi Party on its performance in the Assembly elections in Delhi.

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