Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that the AIADMK’s alliance with the BJP would continue, for the 2021 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK had allied with the BJP, as a part of the NDA to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The AIADMK deputy coordinator and coordinator made the announcement at an event where the Home Minister Amit Shah virtually inaugurated Chennai’s fifth water reservoir and a slew of other infrastructure projects, including the big-ticket phase II of Chennai metro rail.
The AIADMK leaders emphasised that their alliance would retain majority seats in the assembly.
While there were minor strains visible in the AIADMK-BJP alliance over issues such as vel yatra, the happenings on Saturday in Chennai and the grand reception accorded to the home minister by the AIADMK government was ample indication of the continuing alliance.
The chief minister and his deputy and a handful of Cabinet ministers and lone AIADMK MP were at the tarmac to receive the home minister.
The road that leads from the airport to the hotel that Shah is halting in 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 where prime ministers and senior leaders would even pay courtesy visits to the political supremos of the state.