Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin sent a tough message to the newly elected NDA government at the centre, telling the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party that gone were the days of Hindi speaking states that constituted India.
Stalin said, “State-centric constructive politics ought to be the norm in times ahead. No government at centre can ignore any state. Gone are the days Hindi-speaking states alone constituted India. It’s time to embrace and carry along all states.”
The statement comes at a time when the DMK in alliance with the Congress won 37/38 seats in the state of Tamil Nadu. Most of the party workers in the state are unhappy after a fantastic performance in the polls as they won’t have a strong role in the national government as their other close allies nationally failed miserably to reach even 1/3rd of the majority.
The Congress mostly was decimated in the elections in the rest of India apart from South India and Punjab.
DMK’s rival in the state All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) won one seat in the Lok Sabha polls, is an ally of the ruling BJP led NDA.
Another setback the DMK encountered this election was in the by-polls for the 22 assembly seats that was held simultaneously with the general elections. The AIADMK won 9 seats, and are 6 above the majority mark, thus quashing Stalin’s ambitions to become chief minister.