If a party wanted to forge an alliance with the AIADMK, the ruling party should also be up for it and consent and consensus was necessary at all levels of the party, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar said here on Thursday.
“If they want to have an alliance, we should also like such an alliance. That is important. Both consent and consensus are necessary,” Mr. Jayakumar said when asked about the possibility of an AIADMK-BJP alliance in Tamil Nadu for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“As for consensus in our party, headquarters functionaries, the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister and senior functionaries at all levels should come together and decide at the general council and the executive council over the alliance. Our Chief Minister has also said so. Let the elections come and you will get to know first,” he said.
Replying to a query as to whether a judge refusing to remand two persons arrested in connection with a media report over the Kodanadu murder case was a setback, Mr. Jayakumar said: “No, it is not a set back. It has now become fashion to do politics over a dead man.” He also rejected claims that a senior police officer was holding talks with one of the arrested persons for a compromise.
Mr. Jayakumar also criticised DMK president M.K. Stalin and questioned as to why the latter was keen on bringing down the government. Both the MLAs and the general public wanted the next Assembly polls only in 2021.
“Funds of about ₹3,000 crore will have to be spent for conducting Assembly polls. Even DMK MLAs will not be up for it, since they will not be sure as to whether they would get seats and whether they would win,” he said.