In the hours following the announcement of the electoral alliance between the BJP and AIADMK for the 2021 Assembly election, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah urged on Saturday BJP leaders and party members to work hard so that the party can take power in Tamil Nadu within the next five years.
Mr. Shah held a marathon meeting with senior party officials at a private hotel in Chennai. The meeting, which began after his official engagement at Kalaivanar Arangam in the evening, continued after 11 p.m.
Sources who attended the meeting said The Hindu that the former national president of the BJP had pointed out how the party, which was previously not a force majeure in several states like Tripura and Bihar, had been able to emerge as the ruling party, either alone or through a coalition agreement.
Mr Shah was confident he would replicate the party’s success in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu in the Assembly poll next summer, as well as in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, if party members worked tirelessly to strengthen organization, according to sources.
When some leaders expressed their dissatisfaction with the alliance with the ruling AIADMK, he told them that the party’s high command would take care of it. “You are strengthening the party organization and the stand committees,” he said.
BJP National Women’s President Vanathi Sriniavan told reporters there would be a “coalition government” in Tamil Nadu after the poll. “The BJP will certainly be part of the government,” she said.
KT Raghavan, another party leader, said Mr. Shah gave information on how party cadres should work to improve the organization of the BJP and its functioning in Tamil Nadu.