AIADMK tries to cosy up to Congress, is rebuffed (Lead)

February 19th, 2009 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai/New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha Thursday made overtures to the Congress by saying it should withdraw its support to the DMK government in Tamil Nadu. But the Congress rebuffed her. asserting that it has a “strong alliance” with the DMK.
“The DMK is a sinking ship and is anti-national. The Congress should withdraw its support at the state level,” the former Tamil Nadu chief minister said in the state capital Chennai, hinting that her party was open to an electoral alliance with the Congress.

However, senior Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily told reporters in New Delhi later: “We already have a strong alliance with the DMK.”

In reply to a question, the party general secretary said: “We have not received any proposal for an alliance from the AIADMK.”

He added that he learnt about it only through media reports.

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