“The hectic election campaign by Modi shows he is a hard worker. He is also a good friend of mine," he said in an interview to one of the leading Tamil dailies.

When asked if his announcement in the recent DMK state conference that his party would not align with 'communal forces' hinted at the BJP, Karunanidhi said, “Are you giving a confessional statement that BJP is communal?”
    
Responding to a poser on whether there was a possibility of DMK joining the NDA after general elections, Karunanidhi said that he ‘cannot speculate and tell what will be the situation after the Lok Sabha polls’.
    
The DMK chief’s response assumes significance as it comes just days after his political outfit ruled out any alliance with the BJP or Congress.
    
DMK organizing secretary TKS Elangovan, however, sought to play down Karunanidhi's remarks, saying that it is his personal opinion.
    
"It shows his political maturity. It is, however, his personal opinion. Our leader [Karunanidhi] has regards for Sonia (Gandhi) and vice versa," he said.
    
Modi had earlier lashed out at the DMK in the context of 2G spectrum scam in which Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi and former telecom minister A Raja are accused.
    
Incidentally, Karunanidhi had in December last year denied media reports about a possible alliance between DMK and BJP.

DMK was earlier part of the NDA headed by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before it pulled out ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.

(Agencies)

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