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AIADMK to continue alliance with BJP for 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, say party leaders

The AIADMK and the BJP had aligned for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls along with other parties, however, the alliance could win only one of the 39 Parliamentary segments in Tamil Nadu

File image of AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami. [email protected]

Chennai: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Saturday said its alliance with the BJP will continue for the the2021 Assembly elections and exuded confidence it will win a hattrick poll next year.

AIADMK top leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami made the announcement at a government event in Chennai, attended by Union Home Minister and BJP veteran Amit Shah.

Chief Minister Palaniswami is the AIADMK co-coordinator while coordinator Panneerselvam is his deputy.

“I would like to inform through this meeting that in the coming election (2021), the victorious alliance of AIADMK and the BJP will continue,” Panneerselvam said.

Palaniswami, who said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah were working towards making the country a superpower, asserted that “the alliance formed for the Lok Sabha polls will continue”.

“Our alliance will win maximum seats and AIADMK will retain power,” he said.

The AIADMK and the BJP aligned for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, along with others, including PMK, but the combine could win only the lone Theni seat out of the 39 Parliamentary segments in Tamil Nadu, with the ruling party clinching it.

The top leaders’ assertion comes in the backdrop of the government’s denial of permission to the BJP’s Vel Yatra, aimed at exposing the DMK for “lending support” to an atheist group accused of denigrating Tamil hymn Kanda Sashti Kavacham, sung in praise of Lord Muruga, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AIADMK had recently lashed out at its saffron ally on the matter and accused it of attempting vote bank politics.

BJP state president L Murugan has been courting arrest in different towns after trying to take out the procession despite the denial of permission.

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