DMK loss in TN polls has national significance

Chennai: Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday said the electoral debacle of DMK in Tamil Nadu had national-level significance as it proved that the issue of corruption "still mattered to the common man."

"I had told AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa that had it not been for her victory, the message would have been that corruption was not a matter (of concern) for the common man," the veteran BJP leader told reporters here.

Advani was apparently referring to the 2G spectrum scam, in which DMK chief M Karunanidhi`s daughter Kanimozhi and party leader and former Union Telecom Minister A Raja have been jailed for their alleged roles.

"I regard his election of having national significance in the wake of scams against the (Central) government which was trying to put the blame on the ally (DMK)," he said.

Despite welcoming the change of guard in Tamil Nadu, the former deputy prime minister stopped short of inviting Jayalalithaa to join hands with his party.

"The situation has not come, (for it to take place)," Advani said when asked if he would invite the AIADMK chief to form an alliance with BJP.

DMK, till recently in the ruling saddle, could only win 23 seats in the April 13 Assembly polls, thus failing to qualify to become even the Principal Opposition party.