BJP has made an alliance with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu before Lok Sabha polls. This alliance is going to provide a strong ground to the BJP in upcoming elections.
BJP supporters were wondering how BJP will form a government on its own at the center if it doesn’t make alliance with regional parties ahead of the poll but BJP has made major strategic breakthrough by joining hands with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.
BJP won just one seat in Lok Sabha elections in 2014.BJP’s Pon Radhakrishnan, who won the party’s lone seat of Kanyakumari, was made a union minister. BJP hopes to expand its base in Tamil Nadu as it has a marginal presence in the state. As per the settlement, BJP will contest in 5 out of state’s 39 parliamentary seats.
“The alliance will contest the Tamil Nadu elections under the leadership of the AIADMK and the national elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Piyush Goyal, who was the negotiator from the BJP.
Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and senior leaders of AIADMK and PMK exhibited a signed copy of this alliance’s agreement publicly.
Before this pact was declared, the AIADMK had gone for a pre-poll alliance with PMK after Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam met with its chief S Ramadoss. PMK is a party which has spent a good portion of its time in the last 2 years accusing the AIADMK of being involved in corruption. PMK will settle down for 7 seats in the coalition.
AIADMK, which swept the last national election, winning 37 seats, settles for at least 12 less seats. This party has been greatly weakened by the death of its strong leader Jayalalita in 2016.
Jayalalita’s closest aide VK Sashikala, who made an unsuccessful attempt to take over the party and the position of Chief Ministership is in jail on account of her involvement in corruption.
Superstar of South Indian cinema Rajnikant stated that he would not contest in the elections and that no party must use his outfit to capitalize on votes. Both the tie-ups missed the presence of superstars of South Indian cinema Rajnikant and Kamal Haasan. Both these stars plunged into politics last year and are being regarded as big players in Tamil Nadu’s politics.
DMK and Congress may announce their alliance soon to challenge this alliance. DMK leader Kanimozhi met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi offering him 10 seats.