In what has come as a blow to the BJP in Tamil Nadu, DMDK president Vijayakant, on Wednesday, said his party was not in alliance with anyone.
The comment came after a meeting with differently-abled persons who protested for imposition of prohibition.
Mr. Vijayakant told reporters that the media was dubbing even minimum coordination between Opposition parties in the prohibition issue as an alliance. At the moment, we are not in alliance with any party, he said.
While BJP sources said the comment may have referred to the DMK, it had indeed taken note of it.
The timing of the comment has also raised eyebrows given that BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are visiting Tamil Nadu on Thursday and Friday.
Already, the MDMK and the PMK have the quit the alliance, though the PMK continues to support the BJP-led Centre and attends NDA coordination meetings.
Already, the DMK has expressed hope that Mr. Vijayakant would join its front to take on the AIADMK following a meeting between the Leader of Opposition and DMK chief M. Karunanidhi in April.