EPS, Shah Hold Late-Night Meet; Seat Decision Today?
The New Indian Express Chennai|March 01, 2021
THE AIADMK top leadership held seat-sharing talks with BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Chennai on Sunday night. The three-hourlong talks he held with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam at a luxury hotel went on well past midnight. It is learnt that any breakthrough may be announced on Monday.
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Shah, who landed in Chennai early on Sunday, visited Puducherry and Villupuram before returning to Chennai late at night for the talks. It is learnt Shah’s itinerary was changed to accommodate the late-night meeting. He left for Delhi after the talks.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy, BJP State unit president L Murugan and former Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan were present during the talks. If AIADMK finalises the poll pact with the BJP, the most crucial part of the alliance’s seat-sharing deal will be complete. The task of stitching up the other parties is expected to be completed soon.

The talks assume significance after AIADMK inked the poll deal the previous day with the PMK by allocating 23 seats. Similarly, AIADMK is also in talks with the DMDK. State ministers SP Velumani and P Thangamani along with AIADMK deputy coordinator KP Munusamy called on him on Saturday and a decision is expected on Monday.

Earlier on Sunday, the BJP’s camaraderie with the AIADMK got a fresh booster shot when Shah heaped praises on the Palaniswami government for its handling of the Covid-19 outbreak. “Tamil Nadu stood number one in governance in general, and amid the pandemic too, for which I congratulate Palaniswami and Panneerselvam,” Shah said while addressing a massive public meeting at Janakipuram Ground.

Tamil Nadu stood number one in governance in general, and amid the pandemic too, for which I congratulate Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

Asserting that the BJP would ally with the AIADMK for the elections in April, he took potshots at the Opposition, accusing it of indulging in corruption. He lashed out at the DMK over the 2G spectrum case, saying Tamil Nadu has 2G, 3G, and 4G — two generations of Murasoli Maran’s family, three of M Karunanidhi’s family, and four of Jawaharlal Nehru’s family — all vying for power.

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