Chennai, April 22 (BPNS)
AIADMK general secretary and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS) is to meet senior leader of the BJP and Union Home Minister ,Amit Shah in New Delhi on April 26, sources in the AIADMK said.
It is to be noted that the meeting of AIADMK leader with the BJP leader assumes significance as the two NDA allies have been engaged in a bitter political feud in the past couple of months. The BJP state president and former IPS officer, K. Annamalai had time and again come out against the Dravidan major leading to tough positioning from the AIADMK.
AIADMK leader and former minister ,D. Jayakumar had earlier clearly said that the final decision on the alliance clearly rests with the AIADMK. He had also told media persons that the allocation of seats for the 2024 loksabha elections in the NDA of Tamil Nadu would be decided by the AIADMK as it was heading the front.
It may also be noted that on Wednesday, 19 April 2023, the AIADMK general secretary, Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS) has announced the party candidate for the Karnataka assembly polls of May 10, 2023.
The AIADMK is fielding party leader in Karnataka, D. Anbaresan from the Pulikeshi Nagar constituency of Bengaluru. BJP leader Murali is also a candidate from the Pulikeshi Nagar constituency fighting against the AIADMK candidate.
The AIADMK had earlier stated that the party would not field a candidate in Karnataka assembly elections and would support the BJP.
In this context the meeting between the AIADMK general secretary, Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Union Home minister, Amit Shah assumes significance.
It may be noted that the utterings of Annamalai, a political rookie has created major damage to the BJP in Tamil Nadu by issuing statements against its alliance partner, AIADMK. In the politics of Tamil Nadu, the BJP will never be in a position to win seats on its own in the 2024 Loksabha elections as it was the alliance it had with the Dravidian major, AIADMK that fetched rich dividends to the party during the 2021 assembly elections.
The BJP has won 4 seats in the 2021 assembly elections and it was expecting to win a few Lok sabha seats in an alliance with the AIADMK but statement after statement from Annamalai has spoiled the relationship with the AIADMK and it has to be seen whether Amit Shah will be able to settle the issue and continue the alliance as earlier in Tamil Nadu.