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AIADMK rejects BJP, says no scope for coalition government in Tamil Nadu

AIADMK rejects BJP

The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Sunday denied any scope for discussion on a coalition government after the 2021 assembly elections in the state, saying the people of the state would reject such a formula.

Senior AIADMK leader and state fisheries minister D Jayakumar said the party would come to power with an absolute majority in next year’s assembly elections. The minister told reporters, citing the political ambitions of the ally party BJP in the state, “There is no scope for discussion on a coalition government in Tamil Nadu.” The AIADMK will get a decisive majority in the 2021 assembly elections and the party will come to power. ”Jayakumar said that the party will create history in the 2021 assembly elections.

Earlier in the day, BJP state president L Murugan had said that his party would play an important role in the formation of the next government in the state and the party he elected would become the chief minister.

It is to be noted that the AIADMK and BJP have recently locked horns over Vetrivel Yatra. The Vetrivel Yatra is seen as an attempt by BJP to consolidate Hindu votes in the state while the state government had already denied permission for the month-long programme.

BJP State unit president L. Murugan and party cadre were arrested, again, on Sunday, for trying to take out the party’s ‘Vetrivel Yatra’ in Tiruvottiyur.

Tamil Nadu BJP leader L Murugan had announced that the Vetrivel Yatra would continue across Tamil Nadu in defiance of the ban. Accordingly, it was decided to conduct the second day of the pilgrimage from Chennai Tiruvottiyur to Coimbatore.

Murugan on Friday tried to take out the Yatra after he addressed party workers at the TiruttaniRoundtana. He was accompanied by BJP national general secretary CT Ravi, former national secretary H Raja and a host of party functionaries.

However, at Nazarathpettai near Poonamallee, the vehicles carrying Murugan and others were stopped and the police arrested Murugan along with his cadre.  They were let off but were arrested again in Sunday after The BJP launched the yatra as planned on November 6 at Tiruttani temple in Tiruvallur district and continued it for the second day on Sunday in Chennai.

Earlier in a function Fisheries Minister Jayakumar while responding to Reporters questioning the Tamil Nadu government’s denial of permission for the BJP’s Vail pilgrimage. said, “It is the important duty of the government to prevent the spread of corona. Realizing that duty, we have decided that there is no need for such shows at this time. Thus, there is a risk of spreading the corona. Realizing that it is in the public interest, their party should abandon the Vail Pilgrimage; Good for them too.”

He had also informed, “We are all bound by the law. Appropriate action will be taken against violators of the law. This is not just for the BJP. This applies to everyone.” Tamil Nadu BJP leader L Murugan had planned to make the November 6-December 6 Vail pilgrimage from Thiruthani to Thiruchendur. The case seeking a ban on the pilgrimage came up for hearing in the Chennai High Court as the BJP had filed an urgent petition in the Chennai High Court against the order of the Tamil Nadu DGP banning Velyathri. At the time, the Tamil Nadu government had warned of a possible second and third wave of the Corona but said it could not allow the Vail pilgrimage. Subsequently, the cases were closed by the Chennai High Court.

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