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Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | PTI

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader M.K. Stalin on Wednesday endorsed West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee's recent dialogue on building a federal front based on a 1:1 formula, which talks of giving the leadership in each State to the best challenger to the BJP, leaving very little ground for the Congress to cover. Mamata, keen to upset the BJP's apple-cart during next year's Parliamentary elections, is now taking the issue forward by discussing with like-minded parties.

"DMK has always stood for the unity of regional parties and stronger federal co-operation", he wrote. "I endorse the efforts of Mamata Banerjee to bring together various political parties to oppose the autocratic and anti-democratic rule of the BJP". They wanted us to support it. "It is a pre-emptive measure from the DMK", said a senior Congress leader.

While likening the Chief Minister with mythical demoness Surpanakha, Singh said that the Congress party was playing the role of demon king, Ravana. DMK, which is the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu, has not yet given a clear sign on it.

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Banerjee has said she would like to meet industrialists in Shanghai during her visit to China soon.

She said for formation of such an alliance she was willing to join hands with Congress party. "The misconceived motion for the impeachment of the Chief Justice of India is just one example of this", said, Jaitley, who is also Leader of the Rajya Sabha.

Also, during the DMK's two-day conference in Erode last month, Stalin had said that his party would win the "next election in Tamil Nadu, without the support of any other party".

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