NDA’s crucial ally AIADMK and Biju Janata Dal (BJD), which was a part of the alliance for several years but broke away in 2009, has still not revealed its cards to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa is scheduled to meet senior party leaders at her residence in Chennai on Wednesday.

As the meeting takes place just two days before the election results are announced, sources say the decision of poll alliances with the saffron party is likely on the agenda.

Hinting at support to the BJP, AIADMK leader K Malaisamy had said that Jayalalithaa and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi shared good relations with each other and the former would like to continue the close ties with him.

"Modi is great friend of Jayalalithaa, they may differ politically. If he becomes PM then Madam would like close ties," he had reportedly said.

On the other hand, BJD chief Naveen Patnaik has also not ruled out alliance with the saffron party.

"We haven't discussed anything. We have not thought of anything yet. We don't have long to wait. Just day after tomorrow," the Odisha Chief Minister told the mediapersons.

Speculations over BJD offering support to the BJP triggered after party's chief whip Pravat Tripathy hinted at such move during an interview to a television channel.

"Keeping in view the opinion of the whole country and the state's interest, there should be no problem in providing conditional support to the NDA to form government at the Centre," he reportedly said in the interview.

Patnaik, has however, so far claimed BJD maintained equal distance from both Congress and BJP.

Patnaik had also said earlier that Narendra Modi did not have a pan-Indian acceptance to become the Prime Minister.

Narendra Modi-led alliance is predicted to get between 249 and 290 seats, which is close to the half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

The Congress-led UPA was tipped to get between 101 and 148 seats while 'others', including regional parties and Left, were projected to get between 146 and 156 seats, according to the polls shown on TV channels at the end of the ninth and last phase of Lok Sabha polls on Monday.

In Tamil Nadu, AIADMK is projected to do well, with one survey giving it even up to 31 out 39 seats.

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