AIADMK seeks BJP’s support for Vikravandi, Nanguneri by-polls

The AIADMK has formally sought the BJP’s support for the Nanguneri and Vikravandi byelections, according to Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Panneerselvam on Monday formally sought the BJP’s support. They met BJP national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao who is in charge of the party’s affairs in Tamil Nadu, at the Chennai airport when they were waiting for the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Later, both of them also spoke to him over telephone and sought support for the by-elections to Nanguneri and Vikravandi constituencies. Rao confirmed that both AIADMK leaders had spoken to him. He would convey the request to the party leadership, he said.

Panneerselvam told reporters in Tirumazhisai on Monday that he, along with Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, met Muralidhar Rao, and discussed the matter.

The alliance between the AIADMK and the BJP, formed at the time of the Lok Sabha election earlier this year, will continue, he said. However, he denied the suggestion that his party had broached the topic with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Prime Minister’s visit was purely for IIT functions,” he said.

Senior BJP leader in Tamil Nadu, Pon Radhakrishnan, said on Sunday that the party is yet to decide on alliances for the upcoming bye-polls in the state. Speaking to the press on Sunday Ponnar, as Pon Radhakrishnan is called, said, “BJP has not decided on anything yet. In time, we will be able to make that decision with guidance from our national leaders.”

Radhakrishnan said the ruling party in the State has not asked the BJP for support. He, however, added that the BJP’s support for the AIADMK government cannot be doubted. “The alliance formed for the Parliamentary polls will continue. There is absolutely no doubt about that. But so far, they (AIADMK) have not sought our support for these bypolls. I don’t know whether they have spoken to our Central leadership,” he said.