JP Nadda affirms BJP's alliance with AIADMK for upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly election
The BJP president also made a strong pitch in favour of the Tamil language, which assumes significance after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the BJP had no respect for Tamil language and culture (edited)
Madurai: BJP national president JP Nadda on Saturday said his party's alliance with the AIADMK will continue for the Assembly elections, due in Tamil Nadu in a few months.
"Both parties would face the polls together," he said, addressing a public meeting, his first in the run up to the Assembly elections expected in April or early May.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi facilitated projects like the defence corridor for Tamil Nadu while the state was 'ignored' during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance regime.
Praising Tamil as the world's oldest language, Nadda, who is in Madurai on a one-day visit, said when the right person assumed the right place, it led to right decisions.
After Modi assumed the top office, a 'safe destiny' was assured for the nation and Tamil Nadu as well, he said.
Be it projects like the defence corridor or allocation of funds for Tamil Nadu, the situation changed only after the BJP came to power at the Centre, he said.
Nadda recalled that Modi had quoted a couplet from 'Tirukkural' to soldiers at Ladakh and also cited the prime minister's 'Yaadum Oorey' reference of Tamil poet Kaniyan Poongundranar in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 2019.
Dwelling on Tamil, he said the Tamil people had a unique combination of entrepreneurship, economic and cultural ethos.
The BJP top leader's Tamil pitch assumes significance Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had some days back alleged that the saffron party had no respect for Tamil language and culture.
Nadda praised Madurai as a 'pious land,' home of Goddess Meenakshi and recalled the link the temple city has with Mahatma Gandhi, who decided to use only dhoti during his visit.
BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief L Murugan said it was his party's 'Vetri Vel' yatra that prompted DMK president MK Stalin to 'hold a Vel' days ago.
'Vel' is the spear-like weapon of Lord Muruga and the saffron party had last year held a 'Vel yatra' in Tamil Nadu.
Accusing the DMK of double standards, Murugan alleged that the then-Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was a mute spectator when Tamils were killed in 2009 in the civil war in Sri Lanka.
The party gave a standing ovation to Nadda for the AIIMS Hospital project for Madurai by the Centre.
Earlier, when the BJP national chief arrived at the venue of the public meeting, he was greeted with slogans of 'Vetri Vel, Veera Vel."
Nadda, who arrived on Friday night, was accorded a warm welcome by party cadres.
He visited the famous Meenakshi temple, garlanded a statue of freedom fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar and chaired a core committee meeting of the party.
Tamil Nadu ministers R B Udhayakumar and Sellur Raju called on Nadda, according to the party, which described it as a courtesy visit.
The top leader in the core panel meet deliberated on constituencies in Tamil Nadu with winning chances and asked the state leadership to focus more on such segments.
Nadda also addressed social media volunteers and interacted with noted personalities who joined the party recently.
On Sunday, the BJP chief would visit Puducherry.
Former public works minister and ex-Congress leader from the Union Territory, A Namasivayam joined the Saffron party days ago in Delhi.
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