Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK and the BJP will fight the state election this year together, BJP chief JP Nadda said at a rally in Madurai today. This is the first time the BJP has formally announced it would fight the state election with the AIADMK. The Tamil Nadu party had in November last year said it would tie up with the BJP.
The BJP and the AIADMK had fought the general election together in 2019. 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.
The AIADMK defeated the DMK in the 2011 assembly polls when former chief minister J Jayalalithaa led the party to a resounding victory. It won again in 2016 before the DMK bounced back with a strong performance in last year’s Lok Sabha elections.
Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan on Sunday hinted at realignment of political alliances in Tamil Nadu ahead of the assembly election next year, while not ruling out a possible tie-up with actor Rajinikanth, who is set to launch his party soon.