Chennai, Jan 11: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Joint Coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday said the AIADMK will forge an alliance with those working for the betterment of the State.
Speaking at a meeting in which cadres from other parties joined the AIADMK, he said 'as far as we are concerned, those who work for the betterment of the State, should come to power.' 'We (the AIADMK) will only support that party', he said, in an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks that the BJP cherishes its old friends and that its doors were always open for alliance.
'We will not accept those who betray the interests of the State',
Mr Palaniswami said. Taking a dig at DMK President M K Stalin for accusing the AIADMK government of not holding the local bodies poll, he said everyone was aware that local body polls were announced when late leader J Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister and the works have commenced.
It was the DMK which went to the court and got a stay, he said and charged the DMK with spreading falsehood among the people. He also accused the DMK of craving for alliance by inviting parties.
On Mr Stalin launching gram sabha campaign to strengthen the party ahead of the Lok Sabha poll and hear the people's grievances by visiting all panchayats, the Chief Minister said the DMK Chief had been an MLA, Local Administration Minister and also as Deputy Chief Minister.
He could have visited the villages at that time and solved the people's problems, but he did not do so, Mr Palaniswami said. He was brought up in Chennai and hence he could not see the villages. It was amusing to see that he was visiting the villages now, he added. (UNI)