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BJP Says May Seek ‘Support’ From Rajinikanth, Again Claims Leading Alliance in Tamil Nadu | India News


CHENNAI: The BJP said on Wednesday that it could seek the support of superstar Rajinikanth for the 2021 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, a day after the star said he had abandoned his plan to make his political foray.
However, stating that its alliance with AIADMK was strong, the BJP National Secretary General CT Ravi said that the NDA was led by his party and ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ in the state as well, apparently indicating that it was not addressed by failure. party, the main partner.
In Tamil Nadu, AIADMK was the largest partner in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and naturally the prime minister will be from that party, Ravi, the state in charge of BJP, told reporters here, responding to a number of questions about the links between the two. parties.
A formal decision on the NDA’s chief ministerial candidate will be made once the Electoral Commission issues the call for the assembly elections, scheduled for April-May, he said, adding that the strategy is part of the ongoing exercise to strengthen the BJP in the state.
AIADMK has already announced incumbent K Palaniswami as its main ministerial candidate in the elections.
Previously, former Indian team player and cricket commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and several elected representatives at the local body level joined the BJP.
On Rajinikanth’s announcement that he would not launch a political party, Ravi praised the actor and said that he had always protected Tamil Nadu and national interests. “He is a great leader.”
When asked if his party would seek his support, he said: “I hope we ask.”
To a similar question, Ravi said that everyone knows, “how close are Modi Ji and Rajinikanth”.
AIADMK has also expressed the view that Rajinikanth would support the party-led alliance in light of his decision not to float his team.
Opposition parties have said that Rajinikanth’s decision not to join politics would hurt the BJP, and maintain that he hoped to join it and become a force in the state.
Rajinikanth, who previously said he would launch his party next month, announced on Tuesday that he would not enter politics in light of his health condition, after undergoing a kidney transplant four years ago and considering the situation of the pandemic of the coronavirus.
The actor’s assertion that he would serve the people in every possible way – without entering into electoral politics – has led a part of the BJP supporters to the expectation that he will “lend his voice” in favor of the party, as he had supported to the party led by DMK. alliance in 1996.
His statement that even “God cannot save Tamil Nadu if the AIADMK returns to power” became very famous in the run-up to the polls that the DMK went on to sweep.
The head of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit, L Murugan, who was also present at the press meeting, said the party had not been “officially” engaged in any conversations with the expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri about his possible incorporation to the national party.
Alagiri, son of the late DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi, had said days ago that he would decide his future course of action after consultations with his supporters on January 3.
“If he (Alagiri) joins, we will welcome him,” Murugan said, adding that everyone, including Arjunamurthy, who resigned from the BJP to join Rajinikanth, were welcome as party members.

Times of India