Today, the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Paneerselvam along with the coordinator of ‘All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)’ said that the party would continue its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2021 Assembly election. The Tamil Nadu Assembly polls are expected to take place on April-May next year.
The announcement was made in a function organised for Amit Shah in Chennai. The Union Home Minister inaugurated two infrastructure during the function. Union Home Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone for phase-two of the Chennai Metro Rail Project built for ₹61,843 crores and virtually dedicated the new reservoir at Thervaikandigai ( ₹380 crores) to the people in Chennai on Saturday. He is on a two-day visit to Chennai.
Reportedly, he is said to conduct a crucial meeting with BJP office-bearers and the party’s district-level presidents. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam were present on the occasion. The Union minister also paid his tribute to former chief ministers Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran (popularly known as M.G.R.) and Jayalalithaa at the event today.
The alliance between AIADMK and BJP has come into strain after over the latter’s Vetrivel Yatra (victorious spear march). The state government has denied permission citing the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, and AIADMK’s mouthpiece called it “divisive”. However, BJP members have continued with the yatra across Tamil Nadu since November 6, courting arrests and being let off later. Shad had earlier visited Tamil Nadu in August 2019 to release a book on Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s two years in office.