Will DMDK join the ADMK-BJP alliance? Piyush Goyal is waiting for a “surprise”

PTI Chennai | Updated on March 06, 2019

Union Minister Piyush Goyal (file photo)   -  THE HINDU

Ahead of a rally to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said parties desirous of a strong government at the Centre would join forces with the National Democratic Alliance.

Goyal, who is the election in-charge of the BJP in Tamil Nadu, said that discussions with different parties were on and made a veiled appeal to the DMDK to join the ruling coalition at the Centre.

Asked about the DMDK joining hands with the AIADMK-led front with which the ruling party had held several rounds of talks for forging an alliance, he said, “There should always be some surprises and I would like to wait for surprise.”

In an indirect appeal, he said all forces who wanted a strong and stable government and a leader, who would give a strong reply if there was an attack on India from terrorists or anyone else, will come together under the NDA.

The AIADMK-led front in which the BJP and PMK are allies will be holding its first public rally here after formally inking a pact to fight the polls together. “We welcome all those who believe in nationalist principles, who believe in a strong and developed India and who want to support the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he told reporters here before leaving for suburban Vandalur in Kanchipuram district to oversee preparations for the rally.

Published on March 06, 2019

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