Nadda lands in Chennai on brief visit, to discuss, devise LS poll strategy, hold alliance talks

Chennai: BJP National President J.P.Nadda arrived in Chennai on Sunday
evening to discuss and devise the party’s strategy for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls and
to hold talks with alliance parties.
He was received at the Chennai airport by Union Minister L.Murugan, BJP Tamil Nadu Unit
President K.Annamalai, senior leaders H.Raja, P.Sudhakar Reddy, former Union Minister Pon
Radhakrishnan, BJP MLA and Legislature Party leader Nainar Nagendra, BJP Mahila Morcha
leader and MLA Ms Vanathi Srinivasan and others.
After holding discussions with party leaders on the Lok Sabha polls, he was expected to hold
alliance talks with ousted AIADMK leader and former Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam, New
Justice Party Founder A C Shanmugam, IJK Leader TR Pachamuthu and other fringe party
leaders.
After winding up his brief visit by addressing a public meeting in the city, Mr Nadda would leave
for New Delhi tonight at around 2145 hrs, BJP sources said.
It may be noted that one of its key alliance party, AIADMK, had quit the NDA and also severed
its ties with the BJP.
While reports says that the BJP was still open for alliance with the AIADMK,
the latter has put its foot down strongly and had been reiterating that there
was no question of any alliance with the BJP.
The AIADMK stands by its decision and there is no question of reviving the ties
with the BJP.
Both the BJP and the AIADMK are making efforts to cobble up an alliance with other
parties and lead their respective fronts in the polls.
It remains to be seen the stand to be taken by other parties like Tamil Maanila Congress,
of former Union Minister G.K.Vasan, the PMK, DMDK of late actor-politician Vijayakanth,
who came in for praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
An interesting alliance scenario is likely to emerge for the polls with Makkal Needhi Maiam
of actor-politician Kamal Haasan expected to ally with the DMK-led Secular Progressive
Alliance, that has Congress, the two Left Parties–the CPI and the CPI(M)–MDMK, VCK,
Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi (KMDK), Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai Katchi, IUML and
Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) in its fold.
The DMK had already formed various committees to hold seat sharing talks and prepare the
manifesto for the polls. The committee members also started visiting various districts to elicit
views of the public before drafting the manifesto.
It has also taken the lead by starting seat sharing talks with its allies and had already held
first round of talks with Congress, MDMK, CPI(M) and others.
It also remains to be seen the stand to be adopted by AMMK of another ousted AIADMK
leader TTV Dhinakaran–nephew of deposed AIADMK Interim General Secretary and late
leader J.Jayalalithaa’s close aide V.K.Sasikala.
Dhinakaran had already announced that his party would not have any truck with the BJP.
The Naam Tamizhar Party led by actor-director Seeman, as usual, announced that it would
go it alone in the polls.
Though popular Tamil film actor Vijay also announced his political entry by starting a new
party, he has made it clear that his party would neither contest the ensuing Lok Sabha polls
nor support any party or Front.
UNI

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