On the AIADMK's alliance with the Congress in Tamil Nadu and
Pondicherry, the party chief said, "Alliances are made at the time of elections. Now, there is no alliance with any party."
The Congress declined to comment on her statement. "We have no comments to offer," party spokesman Anand Sharma told reporters.
Jayalalitha also ruled out joining the National Democratic Alliance and said there was "no hitch" in her party's relations with constituents of the People's Front, floated by the Samajwadi Party and the Left.
"It (People's Front) is making slow and steady progress. There is plenty of time and there is no hitch in our relations with it," Jayalalitha told reporters after an over 30-minute meeting with Communist Party of India General Secretary A B Bardhan at the party headquarters in New Delhi.
Bardhan said she made it clear at the meeting that there was "no question" of her joining the NDA. She described media reports to this effect as "mischievous" and said she would, however, have to deal with the Vajpayee government at the Centre, the CPI leader added.
Stating that this was the first meeting she had with the Left leaders after the assembly polls, Jayalalitha said her relations with the Communist Party of India-Marxists and CPI had been "very cordial both at the political and personal levels".
She said she would speak with CPI-M General Secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet over the telephone, as he was out of station.
On the creation of a third alternative, Jayalalitha said, "We
want it to come up", but replied in the negative when asked
whether she had gone through the Common Minimum Programme of
the People's Front. To this, Bardhan said the front would send
her the programme shortly.
"Nothing is going to come in the way of our relations
with the CPI-M and CPI," Jayalalitha said.
Bardhan later said issues relating to sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, banning of certain fundamentalist organisations in Tamil Nadu, Cauvery and drinking water and agricultural prices of items like copra and tea and illegal price-rigging operations being conducted by a cement 'cartel' were
"We wanted to know what she planned to do about these
issues. She said though she had just taken over the reins of
the state, the issues were important and needed to be tackled," he said.
Jayalalitha also mentioned some issues she had raised at a meeting with Union Home Minister L K Advani, like the Coimbatore blast case and cases relating to the Sarkaria Commission.
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