Asked if there were chances of the two parties striking an alliance, BJP's state unit President Pon Radhakrishnan said, “We have already spoken. Based on those discussions and considering the prevailing situation, we are confident that the alliance will happen.”
     
“The party, which has set-up a three member committee under senior leader KN Lakshmanan to hold alliance talks, is already in discussion with PMK, even as the MDMK committee is scheduled to hold later this week,” he said.
     
Radhakrishnan further said that the BJP was also in talks with other small local outfits.

Commenting on the issue of arrest and attacks on Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan navy, he said that there ‘won’t be any justice’ to Tamil Nadu fishermen till the time Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse was in office.

He assured that a BJP government at the Centre led by Narendra Modi will rein in Colombo in this matter. On next week’s talks between Fishermen Association of India and Sri Lanka here next week, Radhakrishnan expressed doubts if it could bring about any solution.
       
He also disapproved of the protest by a section of BJP workers outside state Congress headquarters here against its leader Manishankar Aiyar's ‘tea boy’ comments targeted at Modi, saying no such demos should be held outside offices of any political party.

He, however, demanded that Aiyar should withdraw his comments.

On the Supreme Court commuting the death sentence of 15 death row convicts citing delay, he said there should be a time-bound mechanism for disposal of mercy petitions, lest genuine criminals escape punishment.

(Agencies)

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