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Amit Shah Visit to Chennai: BJP Leaders Hoping for Seating Talk for TN Polls | India News


CHENNAI: After sealing an electoral pact with the PMK on Saturday, the AIADMK is also willing to conclude the talks to share seats with other allies. Since the arrival of Interior Minister Amit Shah in Chennai on Saturday night was delayed, Prime Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam are expected to meet with him on Sunday morning to quickly discuss the sharing of seats Sunday morning before the BJP leader goes out on campaign. in the Union Territory of Puducherry and Villupuram in Tamil Nadu.
The AIADMK leadership is expected to close the deal in the presence of Shah, the sources said. “The announcement on the number of seats will be made public soon. After the EPS-OPS meeting with Shah, the rest are mere formalities (sharing a seat with other allies), ”said a party source. Shah’s arrival in Chennai was delayed until 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and therefore EPS and OPS would meet him around 8 a.m. M. Del Domingo, added the source.
However, the state president of the BJP, L Murugan, refused to disclose the number of seats they were seeking. “We are sure that a good number of BJP representatives will participate in the Tamil Nadu assembly. Our goal is in the double digits, ”he said, declining to elaborate.
The party central committee has prepared a list of 60 favorable electoral districts, mainly in Coimbatore and neighboring districts, and has strengthened the committees at the booth level. “We have shared the list of electoral districts in which we will have a great chance of winning. It has been debated and deliberated on several levels. Now, we are waiting for our national leaders (Shah and JP Nadda) to finalize the seats, ”said a member of the central committee.
Earlier in the day, the BJP National Secretary General CT Ravi, along with Union Ministers G Kishan Reddy and VK Singh, who were in charge of the election, as well as State President L Murugan, visited the CM and CM deputy in their respective field offices.
National party sources said they have started seat-sharing talks considering 60 seats. The party has long identified favorable constituencies and began to strengthen booth-level committees. “We hope the talk about seat sharing ends on a happy note before our leader (Shah) returns to Delhi. AIADMK leaders (EPS and OPS) will probably meet with him tomorrow to discuss the number of seats, ”said another senior leader.
On Sunday, Shah would hold a series of meetings with senior leaders, members of the central committee and the constituencies of the assembly in charge of Puducherry before the public demonstration in Karaikal. Similarly, he would meet the office bears and meet with the election officials and the central committee of the TN unit after the public demonstration in Villupuram.

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