New Delhi, Sep 1: Around 1.5 lakh booth workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tamil Nadu are waiting for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Chennai so they can show their strength of the party. The alliance call o the BJP with the TN parties will be taken only after this rally, however, the party is looking for potent allies. It is in touch with DMK leader Alagiri and many other political parties besides All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
The BJP is not only looking for pan India presence but also wants to recover some lost ground of the north India from south, so it is planning to focus more on the Tamil Nadu. The BJP is not only looking for allies in the state but have the chances to improve its number from the state.
Not only the Prime Minister Narendra Modi but party president Amit Shah have already visited the state many a times, right from the organizational tour to one rally in Chennai. The BJP wants to focus on Tamil Nadu equally as it is focusing on Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, said a BJP leader. Activities in Tamil Nadu will start simultaneously.
A BJP leader in the state said that last time when the party president was in Chennai, he had met 15,000 party workers and immediately it was decided that 1.5 lakh booth workers will be organized as there are 60000 booths in the state. The party president will take a call on alliance after the PM's rally in the state which is expected anytime before October 15, 2018.
The BJP is not only making its party cadre at the booth level but organizational structure is also getting strengthened. Sources said that If the BJP has to improve its tally, it will definitely go for an alliance in the state. The next move of elder son of M Karunanidhi will also matter a lot however for the time being he has accepted his younger brother MK Stalin as his leader. Sources in the BJP said that there was very strong possibility of Alagiri joining the BJP alliance in Tamil Nadu. A BJP leader from Chennai said that the issue of alliance should be finalized by October 15.
The BJP had won maximum six Lok Sabha seats in alliance with AIADMK in 2004 Lok Sabha elections. It fielded nine candidates in 2014 when it contested elections in alliance with the six smaller parties of the state and won just one seat. The state might go into a multi-cornered contest with two main rivals - AIADMK and the DMK - and over half a dozen other smaller regional political parties vying for the total 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Both the important political parties -- the AIADMK and the DMK --are struggling with the leadership tussle. The tussle between TTV Dhinakaran and chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in AIADMK is the moment to watch for. Dhinakaran is the nephew of VK Sasikala who was the loyalist of late chief minister J Jyalalithaa.