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On her birthday, Jaya snubs Left as BJP sends greetings

On her birthday, Jaya snubs Left as BJP sends greetings
Political realignments in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls and government formations thereafter may throw up some more surprises. Though Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa had announced her desire to enter into an alliance with the Left parties – the CPI and CP(M) in the state, she is still to close the deal.

 Coinciding with the birthday of the AIADMK leader, on Monday the party announced list of candidates for all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in Puducherry. Though the party boss said that some of the candidates may be withdrawn after a settlement was reached with the Left on the number and names of the seats, the unilateral announcement gave indications that the alignment was still to be final.

The move from Jayalalithaa came on the day when senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders extended their ‘warmest greetings’ on her birthday.

Her supporters in Chennai on Monday may have unveiled their desire to see their ‘revolutionary leader’ (Puratchi Thalaivi), as prime minister by getting her a Parliament house-shaped birthday cake, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and his party’s Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chose to send the AIADMK leader birthday wishes. Several BJP leaders also wished her on Twitter.

Tamil Nadhu sends 39 MPs to Lok Sabha. In 2009, AIADMK had won nine and the Left two seats. Since 1999 elections, it has been rival DMK which has taken the lion share of Lok Sabha seats in the state first in alliance with the BJP and later with the Congress. DMK has been part of last three governments at the Centre but have now fallen out with Congress.

With fratricidal succession battle taking place within the DMK, the M Karunanidhi-led party is all set to cede ground to AIADMK in the upcoming polls. With no allies and negligible presence in the state, BJP has been trying hard to woo Tamil Nadu CM despite her being responsible for the fall of the second NDA government at the Centre in 1999. Sources said both Modi and Chouhan, despite political differences, enjoy good personal equations with Jaya. ‘Compulsions of electoral politics may have pushed her into an alliance with the Left but if post-poll BJP was to miss government formation by a whisker, Modi can certainly look up to a personal friend,’ said  a senior BJP leader.
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