Amit Shah trying to replicate Bihar model in Tamil Nadu

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. Except for the 2001 Assembly elections during which it gained entry into the Assembly by winning four of the 21 seats it contested as part of the DMK-led alliance, it was yet to taste success in the last couple of Assembly polls.

After winning the Bihar Assembly polls, senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be visiting the Tamil Nadu capital of Chennai on November 21, to galvanise the party ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls.

After participating in a government function in which he would launch various programmes, Amit Shah would interact with the BJP office-bearers and leaders of various parties for possible tie-up and support.

All eyes are on MK Alagiri, brother of DMK president MK Stalin, who is looking for a major space in Tamil Nadu politics after quitting the opposition DMK, and superstar Rajinikanth, who is waiting for a plunge into politics.  Speculations are rife that Shah will meet both during his stay at Chennai.

The party is looking for new partners as its relations with the ruling AIADMK has not been smooth. There have been frictions within the AIADMK over BJP’s attempt to mobilise Hindus by taking out the ‘Vetri Vel Yatra” without the government permission and the non-consideration of various demands of the AIADMK government by the Centre.

The saffron party has not been able to make any headway in the state despite its alliance with both the Dravidian parties-DMK and the AIADMK. Except for the 2001 Assembly elections during which it gained entry into the Assembly by winning four of the 21 seats it contested as part of the DMK-led alliance, it was yet to taste success in the last couple of Assembly polls.

The saffron party could win only one seats in the 2014 LS polls when it contested as a NDA front, sans the AIADMK and DMK. Though the BJP had managed to make inroads in the Northern and Eastern states by coming to power in various states, the Southern states, barring Karnataka, continued to remain a stumbling block, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Amit Shah's visit assumes significance as the saffron party is planning to gain a foothold in the state- by replicating the Bihar success formula.

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