Chennai, Mar 6: Asserting that the AIADMK-BJP alliance was formed based on the fraternal bond Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared with late leader J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday said the entire Nation wants Modi to become PM again and that none in the Opposition was qualified to hold the post.
At a BJP-led NDA election rally in where leaders of alliance partners shared the dais, he said it was Modi who had been taking effective steps for the welfare of the Nation. 'Hence we are saying Mr Modi should become the PM again..even the entire country says that', he added.
Stating the BJP-AIADMK alliance was based on the friendship between Mr Modi and Jayalalithaa, he said Mr Modi had personally visited her at her residence soon after becoming Prime Minister. 'Shri Narendra Modi Ji, shared a fraternal bond with late Chief Minister, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma, who was like an elder sister, to him', Mr Panneerselvam said.
'We have directly seen their friendship and the alliance was formed based on that', he added. Slamming the Opposition DMK-Congress alliance, Panneerselvam said only their family were benefited during their ten year rule.
'Neither Tamil Nadu nor the people of the State were benefitted by it', he said and questioned the rationale behind DMK aligning with the Congress after the then DMK chief M Karunanidhi termed the national party as an 'ungrateful ally' and walked out of the UPA at the height of the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
He said, “If Tamil Nadu and India have to get the benefits, only Mr Modi should become the Prime Minister and for this purpose we have formed this victorious alliance'.
He also had a dig at DMK President M K Stalin for criticising the AIADMK-BJP alliance and said he did not have the guts to reiterate his stand on proposing the name of AICC president Rahul Gandhi as the next PM at Kolkata after making a similar announcement at a public meeting in Chennai.
He also asked the Opposition whether it was ready to name as to who would be its Prime Minister.
'None in the Opposition is qualified to become PM and it has no guts to name one', he said and terrmed it as a wrong campaign by the Opposition that alliance with the BJP would pose a a threat to the secular fabric of the country.
He also said that during the last five years it was the Centre which ensured there were no incidents against the minorities and acted as a protective shield for them and even tomorrow it would remain so.
Observing that the coming elections would be a fight between dharma and adharma, the Deputy Chief Minister said leaders, who were out to protect the dharma, have assembled in the dais and has vowed to win all the 40 Lok Sabha seats and 21 Assembly seats for which bypolls were due. (UNI)