Not proper to meet Sonia as Cong, DMK are still allies: Jaya

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa
New Delhi, Jun 14: Fresh from her electoral victory, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today (June 14) gave indications that she could consider a possible tie-up with Congress if it makes an approach after severing ties with ally DMK.

At a press conference after a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, she said it would not be appropriate for her to meet Sonia Gandhi because Congress and DMK are still allies and they continue to share power at the Centre.

"If anyone wants my support, they have to ask me. You cannot ask on their behalf," Jayalalithaa said, answering a question by a reporter whether she was hesitant to tie up with Congress because it was "weak".

Jayalalithaa, whom Sonia Gandhi called after the elections to congratulate her on her victory last month triggering political speculation, was asked a number of questions on the possibility of Congress and AIADMK coming together.

She was also reminded about her declaration of open support to the Congress Government at the Centre in November last and was asked whether it was still valid.

"The offer was made seven months ago. The situation was entirely different. After that much water has flown down the bridge. The Congress has made it clear that its alliance continues with DMK.

"Both are still partners in the UPA coalition government. So, the question of my offering support simply does not arise," she said.

PTI

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