New Delhi: Tamil Nadu’s ruling party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, on Tuesday, has formally announced its alliance with the national ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and Pattali Makkal Katchi for the upcoming general election and the anticipated bypolls in the state. The BJP will contest from five Lok Sabha seats and PMK will contest from seven in the state.
Union minister Piyush Goyal, who was present in Chennai, on Tuesday, announced the alliance. Goyal said, “All parties in alliance in Tamil Nadu will work together to strengthen the National Democratic Alliance and our confidence is all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be won by NDA in the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
While remembering J Jayalalitha, the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK leader, Goyal said, “We are starting our campaign with full confidence and will sweep the state of Tamil Nadu as a mark of respect to honour Jayalalithaa.”
Piyush Goyal had also met Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam chief Vijayakant and party leader LK Sudeesh at Vijayakant’s residence after the announcement. However, he did not clarify whether there are chances of alliance with DMDK.