Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top DMK leaders MK Stalin, MK Kanimozhi and their father and party boss M Karunanidhi on a courtesy visit. M. Karunanidhi, 93 is recuperating from a long illness.
PM Modi was in Chennai to attend a number of functions. His visit to Mr.Karunanidhi was announced at the last moment. PM Modi was with Mr. Karunanidhi for about 20 minutes.
DMK is a partner of Congress in Tamil Nadu and has been a member of a group of 18 opposition parties who have opposed the BJP in Parliament on various issues at national level.
The BJP has a negligible presence in Tamil Nadu, where politics has been dominated for many years by the two regional heavyweights. It sees an opportunity to expand his base in the state through an association with the ruling party of the state prior to local body elections and then the 2019 national elections.
DMK sources said there was no political discussion in today’s meeting. But the timing is fueling talks . Tomorrow, a special court in Delhi will set a date for a verdict in the 2G spectrum scandal case, expected to be delivered some time this month. Among them are the DMK’s A Raja and Ms Kanimozhi. If the DMK leaders are acquitted, the BJP could see the party as a better perspective partner in Tamil Nadu for 2019 general elections than AIADMK, which won a major mandate last year in the assembly elections but is dealing with a leadership crisis since the death of the powerful leader and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa .