“The show has not started yet, so why should we close the door?” asked a senior State unit leader of the BJP. The party’s analogy in relation to its alliance talks with the DMDK is entirely in tune with the cinema marquee-driven politics in Tamil Nadu and indications are that the saffron outfit is not ready to give up on its efforts to bring the main opposition party in the state into its fold.
According to a senior state functionary, a top DMDK leader has been in constant communication with the saffron party, including its national president Rajnath Singh. “Till yesterday, we had received signals that they want to join the BJP. We have to believe them,” he pointed out.
While conceding that the DMDK could be simultaneously in touch with the Congress and DMK, he said his party was in no hurry and was prepared to wait until ‘Captain’ makes up his mind. The strategy appears to be driven by the need to enhance the “winnability image” of the NDA alliance in the minds of the voters to garner at least a few seats in the state in the coming Lok Sabha polls. It also stems from the party’s realisation that while there is an “unprecedented Modi wave” in the state, it is not organisationally up to the mark in many constituencies to win the polls on its own.
Due to the uncertainty, however, the party finds itself unable to proceed on seat-sharing talks with the MDMK and PMK. “We cannot fix the number of seats without knowing for sure whether the DMDK is joining the alliance or not,” the functionary said.