BJP’s outreach in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, Nadda to be in Chennai tomorrow on Pongal

Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 13

BJP president JP Nadda will be in poll-bound Tamil Nadu on Wednesday where he will participate in several programmes on Pongal, the multi-day harvest festival celebrated by all religions of South India, particularly in the Tamil community.

After a “grand welcome” at the Chennai Airport, he will participate in a Pongal event “Namma Ooru Pongal”. Later, he will also address the Thuglak magazine’s 51st anniversary function at Kalaivanar Arangam, according to the itinerary issued by party’s media in-charge Anil Baluni.

Banking heavily on megastar Rajinikanth, the saffron party appears to have also changed tack regarding relations with regional ally AIADMK after his decision to stay away from politics.

Saffron leaders, who had earlier been insisting that it is the NDA, which would take a call on the issue, now say their regional ally (that is the AIADMK) will decide the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Assembly elections due in April-May 2021. 

“In Tamil Nadu, AIADMK is the major partner. They will decide who their next Chief Ministerial candidate is,” BJP national general secretary and in-charge of Tamil Nadu CT Ravi was quoted as saying recently, signifying a major climb-down for the party trying hard to stake a major claim in the southern state. 

While the chief minister candidate will be from AIADMK, party leaders say a formal announcement regarding this will be made by the NDA coordination committee.

Notably, the AIADMK has already passed a resolution (in its general council held on Saturday) that incumbent Edappadi K Palaniswami will be chief minister candidate.

Earlier Ravi had said the NDA will decide on the chief minister candidate.

“NDA partners will take a call on the CM candidate for the alliance. When the NDA gets the majority, the BJP’s Parliamentary Board and the alliance coordination committee will decide the CM, he had said.

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