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Talking to presspersons after the meeting of the office-bearers here, the State unit president, S.P. Kirubanidhi, said no final decision was taken on the alliance issue. The party's Election Cell, scheduled to meet here today, was postponed and would be held in Chennai on May 4.
Asked about the present status of the National Democratic Alliance in Tamil Nadu, he said the NDA never existed in the State and was concerned only with the Central Government. Whatever took place in the past was only a ``seat adjustment'' made for elections.
On BJP, like the Congress, joining hands with one Dravidian party or the other in the State during the elections, Dr. Kirubanidhi said his party would not try to ride on anybody's back. ``We know that depending on other parties always will not help in strengthening the BJP in the State.''
To a question on the 10-month rule of the AIADMK, he said, there was a spurt in the crime rate and the Government should take steps to check it.
On whether the State BJP had made any demand for additional representation in the Union Cabinet for the party MPs from the State, he said ``the Prime Minister himself will do the needful in the interests of the State.''
The State executive council of the party met in the evening.
The party president, Jana Krishnamurthy, the all-India vice-president and in-charge of party affairs in the State, V. Rama Rao, the all-India general secretary, Sanjay Joshi, the party treasurer, Sukumaran Nambiar, and the Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Pon. Radhakrishnan, attended the meeting.
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