Most of the opposition leaders admit that they prefer state-wise alliances rather than a national alliance to strengthen their cadre base. Post-poll strategies could be worked out depending on the numbers, they say.
With the PMK, DMDK and a few minor parties ready to join the alliance, EPS would actually be leading a muscular front that cannot be discounted easily in spite of the anti-incumbency of the central and state governments.
The Tamil Nadu Congress unit on Saturday urged its national president Rahul Gandhi to contest from the southern state for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections. They said he was first proposed as the next prime minister from their state by the DMK.
Sounding the poll bugle in Tamil Nadu at BJP rally in Madurai, he took a swipe at the proposed grand alliance of the opposition parties, saying they had set aside their differences to "remove this watchman".