Eyeing 2014 polls, Advani calls Jaya a 'natural ally'

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    Eyeing 2014 polls, Advani calls Jaya a 'natural ally'



    Barely a month after AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa fancied a national role for her party in Lok Sabha polls due in 2014, BJP leader LK Advani today described her as a "natural ally," fuelling speculation that both parties could come together ahead of the polls.

    "We see in Jayalalithaa a natural ally," Advani said at the 42nd anniversary celebrations of Tamil weekly 'Thuglaq,' edited by noted political commentator Cho S Ramaswamy.

    Reaching out to the AIADMK supremo, the BJP veteran said Jayalalithaa and her party have been "functioning as a natural ally," of his party.

    "Although AIADMK is not formally a part of the National Democratic Alliance yet, our informal co-operation with Jayalalithaa's party and especially floor co-ordination with it in Parliament has been growing," Advani said in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who is known to be close to the AIADMK leader.

    Showering praise on Jayalalithaa, Advani said he saw an "atmosphere of rapid change and soaring confidence in Tamil Nadu" after she had won the April 13 assembly elections.

    "Today, our country needs more and more transformational leaders like Jayalalithaa and Modi," he said.

    Advani's remarks assume significance as only recently Jayalalalithaa had said that time was ripe for her party to strengthen its position in national politics and "become a power to decide the next Prime Minister".

    Addressing partymen at AIADMK's top decision-making body General Council in December last, she had recalled the installation of NDA government headed by A B Vajpayee in 1998 and said "Our contribution in that is immeasurable."

    The two parties had last faced the 2004 Lok Sabha polls as allies but drew a blank in the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies. (More)

    "There is no political expedience when I say that Jayalalithaa and her party are our natural allies," Advani said, adding there were several important issues on which both BJP and AIADMK hold convergent views.

    Citing the example of Centre-State relations, he said the country needed a strong Centre but the "Centre cannot become strong unless the State becomes strong".

    Charging Congress' approach to this issue has been "diametrically opposite," he said "whenever there was one-party rule by Congress at the Centre, it used to brazenly dismiss elected governments in states and impose the President's rule".

    "Unfortunately, the basic mentality of the Congress leadership has not changed," he said, adding "all those who believe in democracy and healthy Centre-State relations must come together to defeat this arrogant mindset".

    There was speculation that Advani and Modi might meet Jayalalithaa but it did not materialise.

    The BJP leader thanked Jayalalithaa for the timely action by the state police in averting a pipe-bomb explosion in October last when he had kicked off the final leg of his Jan Chetna Yatra from Madurai.

    He also expressed his gratitude for her gesture to depute party's senior leader and Lok Sabha MP, Thambidurai, for the concluding rally of the Yatra at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan in November last year.

    Eyeing 2014 general elections, Advani calls Jayalalithaa a 'natural ally' : South News - India Today
     
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    i think any (indian)political parties must be wary of 3 mahaRanies i.e Maya , Jaya and Mamata
     
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    Actually its the other way round. These three regional stalwarts should be wary of any pre poll alliances that could potentially harm their electoral performance.

    J in particular should be cautious and remember what happened in 2004.
     
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    Filter coffee politics: Modi for PM, and Jayalalithaa as Plan B

    Modi for PM, and Jayalalithaa as Plan B

    Jan 15, 2012

    A week, it has been well said, is a long time in politics. On that count, the year 2014, when the next parliamentary elections are due, is an eternity away.

    Even so, the tentative explorations of potential allies and partners are already making some ground .And at yesterday’s meeting in Chennai hosted by veteran Tamil political commentator and satirist Cho S. Ramaswamy, and attended by BJP leader LK Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the buzz centred around the desirability of an alliance between the BJP and the AIADMK headed by Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa.

    Jayalalithaa herself wasn’t present at the public meeting, but from all accounts, going by the frequent invocations of her name by all the key speakers, her political spirit hovered over the venue like a giant cutout.

    Advani said he considered the AIADMK as the BJP’s “natural ally” – not just because it had been a partner in the NDA coalition government that the BJP headed in the late 1990s, but because the two parties continued to cooperate and shared a federalist vision for greater rights for States.

    “We see Ms Jayalalithaa and her party as our natural ally because of the Central government’s attitude to the non-Congress governments in the States,” he said.

    Modi, in many ways the star speaker at the event, too drew parallels between Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, both of whose people were industrious and contributed more than their fair share to national economic development. (Watch video of Modi’s speech here.)

    Modi, who bucked up the crowd with a smattering of Tamil (doubtless picked up from the profusion of Tamil bureaucrats in the Gujarat administration), also drew on a frothy, aromatic metaphor to establish the bonds that connect the people of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Both of us love filter coffee, he said. And while Tamil Nadu provided the coffee, the aroma was vastly enhanced by the chicory that Gujarat provided.

    But it was left to Cho, about as blunt a political commentator as ever put pen to paper, to say openly what political leaders are inhibited from saying.

    The whole country would be electrified if Narendra Modi becomes the candidate for Prime Minister and forms a government at the Centre, Cho said. But if for whatever reason that doesn’t happen – and if at all there was going to be a government supported by the BJP – he would, he said, prefer that the BJP helped Jayalalithaa become Prime Minister.

    In pitching Jayalalithaa for Prime Minister – which possibility Firstpost has explored in the past (here) – Cho also dismissed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is seen by some as one of the candidates from within the NDA. In fact, he went so far as to ridicule Bihar’s record of development – even under Nitish Kumar.

    There is, of course, some sort of a political synergy that exists between Jayalalithaa and the BJP. Although she heads a party that is steeped in the Dravidian ethos, Jayalalithaa has moved the centre of gravity of Dravidian politics away from the virulent Brahmin-baiting that characterises the DMK under M Karunanidhi. The political chemistry between Jayalalithaa and Narendra Modi and even Sushma Swaraj, for instance, comes across fairly well in the courtesies they exchange in public.

    Yet, it may be too early to speak of a “natural alliance” – particularly a pre-poll alliance – between the AIADMK and the BJP. It has taken a lot of forgiving for BJP leaders to even consider her an ally – given all the heartburn she caused the NDA in the 1990s, even ditching it to back the Congress under Sonia Gandhi. Jayalalithaa’s political prospects too are vastly enhanced by keeping all options open.

    For now, however, it’s fair to say that the political planets have begun aligning themselves in preparation for a 2014 conjunction.

    Suddenly, 2014 doesn’t seem too far away.

    Filter coffee politics: Modi for PM, and Jayalalithaa as Plan B | Firstpost
     
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    Narendra Modi’s Chennai speech at Cho Ramaswamy’s Tughlak weekly anniversery function(Video)

     
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    Well in 1999 DMK was the "natural ally". In Indian politics, alliances are always of convenience and political gain.
     
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    Have they forgotten it was Jayalalitha who stabbed their Government and led to mid term elections? What a mess that was !! :mad2:
    Ones like Jaya and Mamta are way too difficult to control and might do a lot of damage to the larger picture for a much narrow bone they picked up.
    I wonder what is the solution.
     
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    Without them there is no coalition govt.

    And it is time people stop blaming solely these leaders for political instability all the time.
     
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    If NDA has to come to power, Advani has to go.
     
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    In 1999, AIADMK was with Congress and BJP was with DMK. In 2004 & 2009 - DMK was with Congress and BJP & AIADMK were in opposition.

    If DMK is with Congress then AIADMK comes with BJP. (It's natural ally). It never happened that both Tamil parties will be on same side. So, Both Congress and BJP have to pick one. It's compulsory in coalition government.

    What is another option ?? There is no other option as of now until and unless people of T.N. prefers AIADMK+ or DMK+.
     
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    There are many out here who are who are also natural allies!
     
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