Amit Shah in Chennai: TN Dy CM Paneerselvam reiterates alliance with BJP

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The relation between the AIADMK and BJP has come into strain after the BJP went ahead with the Vetrivel Yatra (victorious spear march) despite denial of permission by the government

Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister and ruling AIADMK coordinator O Paneerselvam has sought to discourage the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from searching for new allies in the state by asserting that the alliance between the two parties will continue in the coming Assembly elections.

He made the assertion on the occasion of the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the state capital of Chennai on Saturday, November 21, apparently in a bid to explore ways to increase the saffron party’s footprint in the state.

“AIADMK-BJP alliance will continue for 2021 assembly elections,” Paneerselvam said at a function organised for Amit Shah in Chennai where the latter inaugurated infrastructure projects, reported Hindustan Times.

This is considered significant since there are reports that the BJP is trying to reach understanding with rebel DMK leader Alagiri and super star Rajnikanth for the assembly poll to be held in March-April 2021.

The relation between the AIADMK and BJP has come into strain after the BJP went ahead with the Vetrivel Yatra (victorious spear march) despite denial of permission by the government. The yatra was seen as part of the attempt by the BJP to mobilize the Hindus on communal lines.

Quoting a leader on condition of anonymity, the HT reported that a crucial consultative meeting was also held on Friday - a day before Shah’s visit - where the BJP showed its reluctance to accept Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) as the candidate for the top job in the 2021 Assembly election.

Last month, after days of internal power tussle, Paneerselvam had officially announced Palaniswami as the AIADMK’s chief ministerial candidate.

Earlier Amit Shah was given a grant welcome by AIADMK cadres and functionaries and BJP workers at the airport. In a surprise move, the Union home minister got out of his vehicle and walked on the road to greet the supporters who had gathered at the airport. He waved his hands at the BJP and AIADMK cadres who were lined up along the road outside the airport.

The Union home minister took to Twitter to thank the city for its love and support. "It is always great to be in Tamil Nadu. Thank you Chennai for this love and support," he said in a tweet.

Later in the day, Shah went on to dedicate to the people a new water reservoir that will cater to the needs of Chennai residents as well as lay the foundation stones of several other projects.

Meanwhile, in another development, suspended DMK member and former Member of Parliament, KP Ramalingam joined the BJP in Chennai. Ramalingam said he will try to convince MK Alagiri, brother of DMK chief MK Stalin, to join the BJP  (With inputs from the agencies)

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