In Tamil Nadu the alliance between the AIADMK and the BJP will continue for the assembly elections due early next year. The ruling party's chief coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam announced at a function 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] Mod,"Chief Minister E Palaniswami said.
Shah praised the Tamil Nadu government for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said the state was the best-governed in the country this year according to the centre's ranking. 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," Shah added. After a setback in the Lok Sabha elections, the AIADMK hopes to trump rival DMK once again in the state where it has been in power for more than nine years now.
Earlier in the day former Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP KP Ramalingam, who was suspended from the party by MK Stalin in March this year, has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Chennai. Ramalingam joined the BJP in the presence of BJP state incharge CT Ravi and BJP state president L Murugan. Pon Radhakrishnan and H Raja were also seen along with the BJP leaders when KP Ramalingam joined the saffron party on Saturday.