Tamil Nadu BJP chief L.P. Murugan said on Monday that his party’s alliance with the AIADMK is continuing and the alliance is ‘strong’. A day earlier, the ruling party told its saffron ally that it was playing the role of an elder brother in the state. His remarks came soon after he met with Chief Minister and ruling AIADMK co-coordinator K Palaniswami.
Murugan said that he had urged the Chief Minister to implement the new education policy of the Center and submitted a memorandum to him with 50 lakh signatures on the issue. Tamil Nadu government had earlier said it will only follow the two-language formula– of Tamil and English, in vogue for decades and not go for three languages as envisioned in the NEP 2020 which includes Hindi.
Palaniswami told reporters in Coimbatore that the AIADMK-BJP alliance would continue. He said that his party has also announced the Chief Ministerial candidate for the 2021 assembly elections and he himself is the Chief Ministerial candidate.
Earlier, ruling AIADMK started its election campaign for the upcoming assembly elections on Sunday. During this time, AIADMK has also given a clear message to the Bharatiya Janata Party. The party said that K Palaniswami will be their candidate for the post of Chief Minister. With this, the party also made it clear that if it wins the election, it will not share power with anyone.
According to media reports, senior AIADMK leader and deputy coordinator KP Munusamy while addressing a gathering made it clear to his ally BJP that our Chief Minister Palaniswami will be the CM candidate for the upcoming assembly elections. The AIADMK will not share power with anyone. If any national party or a regional party wants to join hands with us, they will have to accept these conditions or else they can reconsider their electoral choices.
Some time ago, Coordinator OPanneerselvam announced at an official function that their alliance with the BJP would remain intact for the 2021 assembly elections and expressed confidence that they would win the election for the third consecutive time next year. Senior BJP leader Amit Shah was also present in this program, but now the other party leader has clearly stated AIADMK as an elder brother and also gave the advice to accept the terms.
On the occasion of the beginning of the election campaign, top AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami did not say anything about the subject of the alliance with the BJP or the possible allies. Rather, the two leaders lashed out at the DMK and DMK President MK Stalin.
During this, Panneerselvam asked the party workers to reach every house and make the achievements of their government known to the public. Addressing the election campaign meeting, he told the party workers “we have to work as a unit. People have only good things to say about our government. Work hard to convert positive perception about us into votes.”