Chennai: The AIADMK's alliance with the BJP will continue for the Tamil Nadu elections due early next year, the ruling party's chief coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam announced during a visit by Union Minister Amit Shah to Chennai.
"The Lok Sabha alliance will continue for the assembly elections. We have given 10 years of good governance. Our alliance will win the 2021 polls. Tamil Nadu will always support PM [Narendra] Modi", Chief Minister E. Palaniswami said.
Shah praised the Tamil Nadu government for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said the state was the best-governed in the country according to the centre's ranking.
"India under PM Modi has contained Covid while other nations struggle. I applaud E. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam for containing Covid. Tamil Nadu's recovery rate is high. Covid statistics shared by Tamil Nadu are good. No other state has taken care of pregnant women like Tamil Nadu," he said.
"Is the DMK prepared to list what they did for Tamil Nadu during their 10 year tenure at the centre? People are teaching a lesson to those who practise family politics, they will do it here too. 2G-tainted people don't have a locus standi to speak on politics," Shah added.
After a setback in the Lok Sabha elections, the AIADMK hopes to trump rival DMK once again in the state where it has been in power for more than nine years now.