Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Chief Deputy Minister O Panneerselvam said AIADMK’s alliance with BJP will continue, for the 2021 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK had allied with the BJP, as part of the NDA to fight against the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
AIADMK Deputy Coordinator and Coordinator made the announcement at an event where Home Secretary Amit Shah virtually inaugurated Chennai’s fifth water reservoir and a series of other infrastructure projects, including including phase II of the Chennai metro.
AIADMK leaders stressed that their alliance would retain majority seats in the assembly.
While there were minor tensions visible in the AIADMK-BJP alliance over issues such as the vel yatra, Saturday’s events in Chennai and the great reception given to the Minister of the Interior by the AIADMK government were one indication sufficient of the alliance continues.
The chief minister and his deputy as well as a handful of cabinet ministers and a single AIADMK deputy were on the tarmac to receive the interior minister.
The road from the airport to the hotel where Shah stops was lined with AIADMK and BJP supporters, waving flags and placards. Many had pointed out that such a welcome was unprecedented, given that Tamil Nadu had once established a political culture in which prime ministers and senior leaders would even pay courtesy visits to political heads of state.