NEW DELHI: After a day of sealing an alliance with its alienated assistant Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, the BJP is expected to enter an electoral alliance with Tamil Nadu's ruling party AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kuzhagam) for the fast-approaching Lok Sabha elections 2019. BJP chief Amit Shah is set to arrive in Chennai on Tuesday during which he is expected to seal an alliance with AIADMK and half a dozen other political parties.
According to source report, the BJP top brass had held the first round of talks with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK joint-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami last week. After his arrival in Chennai, the BJP national president is expected to strike a seat-sharing deal on Tuesday itself – taking forward his party's ambitious plans to make inroads in southern India politics.
Shah will hold a series of talks with Tamil Nadu BJP leaders before speaking to the leaders of the AIADMK and other alliance parties. This would be followed by a media conference in the evening along with the AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and CM Palaniswami, reports suggest. It is believed that the BJP had initially sought a 20-20 share for the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry, but has now settled for 15 seats, leaving the remaining 25 for AIADMK.
From this alliance BJP seeking Out of the 15, the BJP is expected to field candidates on eight seats and leave the remaining for other regional alliance partners - like Vijayakanth’s DMDK, Anbumani Ramadoss’s PMK and Puthiya Thamizhagam among others. The BJP-AIADMK alliance, if finalised, will be of huge significance for the saffron party since it has long struggled to make its presence felt in southern India. Barring Karnataka, the national party has been unsuccessful in leaving a political footprint in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Its tie-up with the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh helped the BJP win just two seats out of 25 in the 2014 general election - and those ties too have severed now.