TAMIL NADU

BJP says it doesn’t mind an alliance with Panneerselvam

INDIA-COURT-CORRUPTION Panneerselvam, the former chief minister, had alleged that he was forced to resign by his party chief | AFP

A day after V.K. Sasikala's proxy Edappadi K. Palanisamy was sworn-in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, the Bharatiya Janata Party has hinted at a possibility of a tie-up with the Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK. 

Said H. Raja, BJP national secretary, to THE WEEK, “The BJP already has a strong presence in Kanyakumari, Coimbatore and south Chennai. People are fed up with the AIADMK and DMK, and want an alternative. We are against political parties directed and dominated by a particular family. So there is no question of our aligning with the DMK and the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK.” 

Raja said the BJP had no issues with the Panneerselvam faction and would wait for a few days before taking a call on an alliance with that faction. 

The BJP state unit had earlier asked the governor to order a probe into Panneerselvam’s allegations that he was forced to resign by Sasikala from the chief minister's post.

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