This Article is From Nov 21, 2020

Alliance With BJP To Continue, Says AIADMK As Amit Shah Visits Tamil Nadu

The AIADMK hopes to trump rival DMK once again in the state where it has been in power for the last nine years.

Amit Shah visited Chennai on Saturday.


The AIADMK's alliance with the BJP will continue for the Tamil Nadu elections due early next year, the ruling party's chief coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced on Saturday during a visit by Union Minister Amit Shah to Chennai.

"The Lok Sabha alliance will continue for the assembly elections. We have given 10 years of good governance. Our alliance will win the 2021 polls. Tamil Nadu will always support PM [Narendra] Modi," Chief Minister E Palaniswami said.

Mr Shah praised the Tamil Nadu government for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said the state was the best-governed in the country this year according to the centre's ranking.

"India under PM Modi has contained Covid while other nations struggle. I applaud E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam for containing Covid. Tamil Nadu's recovery rate is high. Covid statistics shared by Tamil Nadu are good. No other state has taken care of pregnant women like Tamil Nadu," he said.

"Is the DMK prepared to list what they did for Tamil Nadu during their 10 year tenure at the centre? People are teaching a lesson to those who practise family politics, they will do it here too. 2G-tainted people don't have a locus standi to speak on politics," Mr Shah added.

After a setback in the Lok Sabha elections, the AIADMK hopes to trump rival DMK once again in the state where it has been in power for more than nine years now.

The AIADMK defeated the DMK in the 2011 assembly polls when J Jayalalithaa led the party to a resounding victory. It won again in 2016 before the DMK bounced back with a strong performance in last year's Lok Sabha elections.

An alliance led by the DMK, also including the Congress, won 38 of the 39 parliament seats in Tamil Nadu, besides the lone Puducherry seat, leaving just one to the AIADMK-BJP alliance, in the first major election in the state held after the death of Ms Jayalalithaa and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

In an unprecedented move earlier, Amit Shah was received by Mr Palaniswami, Mr Panneerselvam, senior cabinet members and BJP state chief L Murugan among others on his arrival from Delhi, before proceeding to his hotel.

On the way, he got out of his vehicle and walked on the busy GST Road outside the airport to greet supporters. Thanking his supporters, he said it was "great" to be in Tamil Nadu.