BJP President J P Nadda on Saturday stated the occasion will proceed its alliance with AIADMK for the Tamil Nadu meeting elections, due in a couple of months. Nadda, who’s on a three-day tour of the southern state, was addressing a public rally in Madurai.
Earlier within the day, the BJP chief carried out a ‘puja’ and sought God’s blessings on the Meenakshi temple in Madurai. After visiting the temple, Nadda chaired a gathering of the Tamil Nadu BJP Core Committee the place he mentioned the ballot preparations with state stage leaders of the occasion.
On Saturday, Nadda stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi facilitated tasks just like the defence hall for Tamil Nadu whereas the state was ‘ignored’ in the course of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance regime. Praising Tamil because the world’s oldest language, Nadda, who’s right here on a sooner or later go to, stated when the precise particular person assumed the precise place, it led to proper choices.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed the highest workplace, a ‘secure future’ was assured for the nation and Tamil Nadu as properly, he stated. Be it tasks just like the defence hall or allocation of funds for Tamil Nadu, the state of affairs modified solely after the BJP got here to energy on the Centre, he stated.
Nadda recalled that Modi had quoted a couplet from ‘Tirukkural’ to troopers at Ladakh and in addition cited the Prime Minister’s ‘Yaadum Oorey’ reference of Tamil poet Kaniyan Poongundranar in his speech on the United Nations Common Meeting in 2019. Dwelling on Tamil, he stated the Tamil individuals had a novel mixture of entrepreneurship, financial and cultural ethos.
Nadda visited the well-known Meenakshi temple. (Picture: PTI)
The BJP prime chief’s Tamil pitch assumes significance Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had some days again alleged that the saffron occasion had no respect for Tamil language and tradition. Nadda praised Madurai as a ‘pious land,’ house of Goddess Meenakshi and recalled the hyperlink the temple metropolis has with Mahatma Gandhi, who determined to make use of solely dhoti throughout his go to right here.
BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief L Murugan stated it was his occasion’s Vetri ‘Vetri Vel’ yatra that prompted DMK president M Okay Stalin to ‘maintain a Vel’ days in the past. ‘Vel’ is the spear-like weapon of Lord Muruga and the saffron occasion had final 12 months held a ‘Vel yatra’ in Tamil Nadu.
Accusing the DMK of double requirements, Murugan alleged that the then Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was a mute spectator when Tamils have been killed in 2009 within the civil conflict in Sri Lanka. The occasion gave a standing ovation to Nadda for the AIIMS Hospital mission for Madurai by the Centre.
Earlier, when the BJP nationwide chief arrived on the venue of the general public assembly, he was greeted with slogans of ‘Vetri Vel, Veera Vel.” An ancient war cry, it denotes victory and valour with Lord Muruga’s ‘Vel.’
Nadda, who arrived here last 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.
This is the second time in January when the BJP President has visited poll-bound Tamil Nadu. He had earlier visited the southern state on January 14 to participate in the ‘Namma Ooru Pongal Vizha’ (our city Pongal festival) organised by BJP’s state unit.
The AIADMK had led the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), its constituents being the BJP, DMDK and PMK among others, in the state for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Tamil Nadu, is among the five states, which are scheduled to hold assembly elections this year.
Top AIADMK leaders — K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam — had already confirmed the party’s alliance with the BJP earlier this month. Palaniswami is the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu while Panneerselvam is his deputy.
The ruling AIADMK has endorsed Palaniswami as its CM candidate for the high-stakes Meeting polls, the place the occasion will tackle arch rival DMK in a tricky electoral battle.