COIMBATORE: BJP State president and Kanyakumari MP-elect Pon Radhakrishnan on Saturday night called on DMDK leader Vijayakant at a resort in Pollachi. The DMDK, which headed the BJP’s alliance in Tamil Nadu, had come a cropper in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies where it tried its candidates tried their luck.
This is the first meeting for both the leaders after the Lok Sabha election results were declared on Friday.
Radhakrishnan, who had come to Udumalai in Tirupur district to attend a felicitation function organised by a Hindu outfit, met Vijayakant later at night.
Sources said that Radhakrishnan invited Vijayakant to participate in the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi this week.
Radhakrishnan could not be reached for comments.
Sources described the meeting between the two leaders as a courtesy call that lasted between 10 and 20 minutes.
Vijayakant’s wife Premalatha was also present during the meeting. However, the actor’s brother-in-law L K Sudhish, who lost the election in Salem, had left the resort, where he was staying a day before the election results were announced.
Vijayakant has been camping in Pollachi to oversee the shooting of his son’s debut Tamil film Sagaptham.
Meanwhile Gandhiya Makkal Iyyakkam founder Tamilaruvi Manian, the architect of the BJP-led rainbow alliance in Tamil Nadu told Express that it is unlikely that the DMDK and PMK, which were part of the NDA, would share a common platform in the 2016 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
“Even I will not insist the DMDK and PMK to be part of the BJP-led alliance for the Assembly polls as both party leaders are working for the benefit of their respective family members. PMK founder Ramadoss is working for his son Anbumani while Vijayakant is working for his brother-in-law Sudhish,” he charged. Manian said that the voters in Tamil Nadu have not neglected the parties in the NDA alliance which have polled over 74 lakh votes in the Lok Sabha elections. The State did witness a ‘Modi wave’, he insisted.
However Vijayakant should learn a lesson from this election results.