No Aspirations for Top Slot: Jayalalitha

Amid indications of the Lok Sabha elections leadingup to a halfway house and culminating into a free-for-all for power AIADMK boss J Jayalalitha on Tuesday said she had no prime ministerial aspirations, while waxing confident on the prospects of the alliance led by her party sweeping the 39 parliamentary segments in the state.

Responding to queries on if she nursed aspirations for the top post, Jayalalitha said: personal ambition. All I want is that our country should prosper and take its rightful place as a global superpower,” she was speaking to correspondents in Chennai.

Jayalalitha, a former chief minister of the state said she was sure of the AIADMK-led alliance sweeping Lok Sabha elections in the state, thus pulling-off a phoenix like rise, especially as her party had failed to win a single LS seat in 2004.

Her claims find approval among political pundits, who say the lady is set for rebuild, especially as the Karunanidhi led state government, despite being a part of the ruling UPA at the Centre failed to push the government to intervene on behalf of Sri Lankan Tamil civilians.

The AIADMK alliance includes the PMK, Vaiko’s MDMK, the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Without ruling out a last minute shift in her strategy Jayalalitha said: “A good politician never rules out anything”, but insisted that her alliance will go all out to support the formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP government at the Centre after the elections conclude on May 16.

“It is premature to talk of post-poll alliances now. What we have been working towards is a dispensation at the Centre which is non-BJP led and non-Congress led,” she was quoted as saying by IANS.

Notably, Jayalalitha had kicked off the election season by sending out repeated feelers to the Congress, urging the latter to disband with the Karunanidhi led DMK to form an alliance with her party, but moved on to cobble together an anti-DMK alliance after her moves failed to sway the Congress.

The politically astute suggest that the poll showings of her party will be crucial for the formation of the new government at the Centre which many say is likely to revolve around the feminine quartet of Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee and of course, Jayalalitha.

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