AIADMK alliance with BJP to continue, Amit Shah visits Tamil Nadu

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Amit Shah during his Tamil Nadu visit
Amit Shah during his Tamil Nadu visit

Chennai : The AIADMK alliance with BJP in Tamil Nadu will continue for the upcoming elections, the ruling party's chief coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced on Saturday during a visit by Union Minister Amit Shah to Chennai.

"The Lok Sabha alliance will continue for the assembly elections. We have given 10 years of good governance. Our alliance will win the 2021 polls. Tamil Nadu will always support PM [Narendra] Modi," Chief Minister E Palaniswami said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah showered praise on Tamil Nadu government for effectively handling coronavirus situation in the state.

"India under PM Modi has contained Covid while other nations struggle. I applaud E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam for containing Covid. Tamil Nadu's recovery rate is high. Covid statistics shared by Tamil Nadu are good. No other state has taken care of pregnant women like Tamil Nadu," he said.

"Is the DMK prepared to list what they did for Tamil Nadu during their 10 year tenure at the centre? People are teaching a lesson to those who practise family politics, they will do it here too. 2G-tainted people don't have a locus standi to speak on politics," Mr Shah added.

This election, AIADMK will be looking forward to triumph the DMK, who won in the last assembly polls.

An alliance led by the DMK, also including the Congress, won 38 of the 39 parliament seats in Tamil Nadu, besides the lone Puducherry seat, leaving just one to the AIADMK-BJP alliance, in the first major election in the state held after the death of Ms Jayalalithaa and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi in 2016 and 2018 respectively.