In politically significant visit, EPS leaves for Delhi

Chennai: With the crucial Assembly elections round the corner, Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, in a politically significant visit today left for New Delhi where he would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

In his first visit to the National capital post-pandemic after the ruling AIADMK confirmed its alliance with the BJP for the Assembly polls, Palaniswami is expected to discuss a host of issues concerning the State, apart from seat sharing talks.

Politics is also expected to take the centre stage during the visit. Though reports said his two-day visit was mainly to invite Modi to inaugurate the grand memorial for late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa being built on the Marina beach front and various infra projects in the State, sources said the CM would discuss the present political situation in Tamilnadu with the senior leaders of the saffron party.

After the AIADMK announced that Palaniswami would be the CM candidate for the polls, being held in the absence of two tall leaders Jayalaithaa and former DMK chief M Karunanidhi, the BJP initially said a decision on this would be announced by the party high command.

However, BJP national secretary and TN in-charge C T Ravi sought to put a lid on the issue saying the AIADMK is the major partner in the alliance and it would decide on the CM candidate.

Apart from the alliance and seat sharing issues, the issue of the likely release of Jayalalithaa’s close-aide and expelled former AIADMK interim secretary V K Sasikala on 27 January is also expected to come up for discussions during the visit.

The issue of the release of seven life convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case is also expected to come up for discussions.