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Updated: April 5, 2014 01:46 IST

‘Poll battle mainly between AIADMK and DMK in Tamil Nadu’

D.J. Walter Scott
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D. Pandian. Illustration: Venu
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D. Pandian. Illustration: Venu

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) would be ready to share power with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if the latter formed a government at the Centre after the 2014 General Election, analyses the Communist Party of India (CPI) State council secretary, D. Pandian in a conversation with D.J. Walter Scott in Ramanathapuram on Friday. Excerpts from the interview:

What would you say on the Left parting ways with the AIADMK?

On many issues, the CPI and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) were on the same wavelength with the AIADMK. Our attempt to have alliance with the AIADMK was on political terms and not on personal affinities. But the AIADMK took a U-turn which remains, for the time being, an unexpected episode.

How do you see Ms. Jayalalithaa refraining from talking about BJP and its PM candidate Narendra Modi in her electioneering?

Ms. Jayalalithaa’s campaign speeches clearly revealed that her goal is towards the BJP. The AIADMK believes that sharing power with the BJP will help her solve problems in the State. But with my little experience, I can definitely say that the AIADMK is in for getting branded with communal groups. And the AIADMK will also regret like the DMK, which had also shared power with the BJP.

Do you think the BJP was behind AIADMK ditching the Left parties in the State?

It is not just the BJP as party, but the corporate forces which are now setting agenda for the BJP. They must have played a big role from behind the scenes. The problem was not the question of number of seats. It is a question of political principles. Her [Ms. Jayalalithaa] preference is BJP. It is not very difficult to read the mind. Even if she had offered five seats each, the same thing would have happened. It shows her choice. What is unsaid is clear to any intelligent mind.

After your exit from the AIADMK, the DMK opened the doors. Why did you turn down the offer?

If you emotionally react, such a course could have benefited both the parties (the CPI and DMK) electorally, but politically and morally, the CPI’s image would have been tarnished.

Could you predict the post-poll scenario, especially the stand to be taken by AIADMK and DMK?

Both the DMK and the AIADMK, depending upon the number of seats they win, will definitely bargain for berths if any party attempted to form a government. The AIADMK may be opposing the Congress but if the Congress is in a position to form the government and required only few more seats the AIADMK will not hesitate to do that, so as the DMK.

What are the prospects of the Left parties in a multi-cornered contest and whom would you support in seats other than the 18 constituencies the CPI and CPI(M) contest?

The contest in Tamil Nadu is mainly between the AIADMK and the DMK. The Left parties are giving stiff fight to both in more than six constituencies. As far as the support (in other constituencies) is concerned, we will discuss the issue on April 8 and announce our stand.

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