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Tanjavur/Tiruvarur(TN), Aug 28 (PTI) AIADMK co-
coordinator and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on
Friday asserted that his party will lead the alliance in "any
polls" in the state and pointed out that the 2019 Lok Sabha
elections were fought under its leadership.
Hours after telling reporters in Tiruvarur that electoral
alliances would be decided only during the polls, he told the
media in Thanjavur that right from the days of party founder,
the late chief minister M G Ramachandran (MGR), the AIADMK had
led the respective alliance.
The debate surrounding who will lead their alliance in
the 2021 Assembly elections has been on after a BJP leader had
recently asserted that his party has the right to steer the
combine in the hustings next year, following the altered
political landscape in the state.
"Whether during the days of MGR or Amma (the late CM J
Jayalalithaa), assembly polls or lok sabha elections, they
have been faced under the leadership of the AIADMK," the chief
minister told reporters in Thanjavur.
"That will continue (for 2021)... (the alliance) was in
last year''s Lok Sabha election led by the AIADMK. So whichever
elections, AIADMK will only head the alliance," he asserted.
The AIADMK led the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in
the 2019 polls, and the constituents included the BJP, PMK and
Earlier in the day, Palaniswami had said at Tiruvarur
that electoral alliances would be decided only during the
polls, days after state BJP vice president V P Duraisamy had
asserted his party has the right to lead the combine in the
2021 state assembly elections.
The party that shall head the alliance would be made
known only during the elections and polls were not round the
corner now, the chief minister said when asked if the BJP or
AIADMK would steward the combine in Tamil Nadu to fight the
polls next year.
Speaking to reporters after reviewing measures to tackle
the coronavirus pandemic in the district, Palaniswami said the
parties that constitute the alliance have not been firmed up
yet, be it in the AIADMK or the DMK camp.
"Hence, only during the run up to the elections,
alliances will be decided," he said.
Duraisamy, who recently joined the BJP from the DMK, on
August 12 had claimed the saffron party''s growth has altered
the political landscape in the state.
The assembly elections due next year would, hence, be a
fight between his party and DMK, under a "BJP-led alliance,"
he had said.
According to him, being a national party, the BJP had the
right to lead the alliance in assembly polls.
Making light of Duraisamy''s claim, the AIADMK had said
such views, if aired by the BJP''s state unit president L
Murugan, would have weight. PTI SA VGN
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