Modi meeting Karunanidhi will help improve ties

An analyst feels the BJP would like the current political set up to continue till 2019

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Shivani Chaturvedi | November 8, 2017 | Chennai


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi in Chennai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi in Chennai

 There is speculation about ties improving between the BJP and the DMK after prime minister Narendra Modi met DMK supremo Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence in Chennai on Monday. He also interacted with DMK working president MK Stalin.

Analysts feel that Modi might not think of a long term electoral alliance with DMK. However, this meeting may be effective in toning down DMK’s resistance to the BJP at least in the next few months, says city-based political commentator Ramu Manivannan. 
 
Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami or deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam are not helpful in politics and any combination with the AIADMK is a burden than advantage, adds Manivannan. So the meeting of Modi and Stalin certainly has significance and was not just a courtesy visit.
 
However, a few political analysts think that Modi visiting Karunanidhi was purely a courtesy to enquire about his health and nothing more to it. 
Political analyst BR Haran says, as far as BJP is concerned, the present set up in Tamil Nadu is best, with the state government being obedient to the centre. He opined that having isolated the Mannargudi family, BJP is successfully steering the state government for the time being. 
 
He added that BJP would prefer to continue this until 2019 and the AIADMK (EPS plus OPS) will face 2019 Lok Sabha polls as NDA partner. And if the BJP plays as per plan, it will have an upper hand in 2021 assembly elections and there might be BJP-AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu, he thinks.
 

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