While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been talking anti-Narendra Modi, AIADM's Jayalalithaa has expressed happiness over Modi's elevation in BJP.
The BJP has been seen as befriending Jayalalithaa over the last few years. In 2014, it will be looking for new allies especially if it chooses to project Modi as its leader. Old ally Janata Dal (United) has made it clear that it will find it difficult continue the partnership if that happens.
A post-poll alliance between the AIADMK and the BJP is possible with the likelihood of the DMK being forced into the company of the Congress again.
Though Jayalalithaa had been firm about her party contesting in an alliance without the BJP or the Congress, her equation with Modi has heightened hopes of Tamil Nadu BJP leaders that she would plump for their party.
The Tamil Nadu chief minister has greeted her 'good friend' on his elevation as BJP's election campaign committee chief. However, she declined to offer a comment on the development that took place yesterday in Panaji, insisting it was that party's internal matter.
Jayalalithaa said it was an internal matter of the BJP and that it would not be proper for her to comment about the anointment of Modi as the Chairman of BJP's Election Campaign Committee for 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
"Politically I do not think it would be proper for me to make a comment on what has happened in another party, but at a personal level, Modi is a very good friend of mine, I have high regard for him as an able administrator. My good wishes are always with him whether he wins election in Gujarat or achieves an elevation in his own party. I'm happy for him," she told reporters in Channai.
Modi was among a set of select leaders who had attended Jayalalithaa's swearing-in as chief minister in 2011. Jayalaithaa had returned the favour by attending his swearing-in ceremony. Jayalalithaa also sent her senior MPs to Modi's Sadbhavana Yatra in 2011.