AIADMK and BJP had lined up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with other parties, however, the alliance could only win one of Tamil Nadu’s 39 parliamentary segments.
Archive image of AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami. Twitter @ AIADMKOfficial
Chennai: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu said on Saturday that its alliance with the BJP would continue for the 2021 assembly elections and expressed confidence that it would win a hat vote next year.
Senior AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami made the announcement at a government event in Chennai, attended by Union Home Minister and BJP veteran Amit Shah.
Chief Minister Palaniswami is the co-coordinator of AIADMK while coordinator Panneerselvam is its deputy.
“I would like to inform through this meeting that in the next elections (2021), the victorious alliance of AIADMK and BJP will continue,” Panneerselvam said.
Palaniswami, who said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah were working to make the country a superpower, said “the alliance formed for the Lok Sabha polls will continue.”
“Our alliance will win the maximum number of seats and AIADMK will retain power,” he said.
AIADMK and BJP lined up for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, along with others including PMK, but the combine could only win the Theni seat only out of Tamil Nadu’s 39 parliamentary segments, the party in power winning it.
The main leaders’ claim comes against the backdrop of the government’s refusal to grant permission to BJP’s Vel Yatra, aimed at denouncing the DMK for “lending its support” to an atheist group accused of denigrating the Tamil anthem Kanda Sashti Kavacham, sung in praise of Lord Muruga, citing the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic.
The AIADMK had recently criticized its saffron ally on this subject and accused it of attempting to engage in banking voting policy.
BJP State President L Murugan was arrested in various towns after attempting to leave the procession despite being denied permission.
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