Chennai: The Tamil Nadu BJP is pitching its hopes on its leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi who scripted history in making the saffron party capture power at the Centre, to steer the party to victory in the upcoming Assembly elections.
The party is keen on firming up its alliance in the State to impress Modi who is scheduled to visit Coimbatore on Feb.2.
The BJP, which had its political allies intact during the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, is now in jitters as many of its allies, including the DMDK, MDMK and PMK have walked out of NDA. It is now awaiting Modi's visit to Coimbatore on February 2, where he is likely to kick-start the campaign for his party at VOC Grounds.
While in Coimbatore, Modi will inaugurate the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College. According to informed sources, BJP functionaries are extending the olive branch to the non co-operative 'Captain' Vijayakanth and to PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss as a last step, so that both the party leaders could meet the PM during his visit to make the NDA coalition in the state survive and bounce back ahead of ensuing Assembly polls.
When contacted BJP State president Tamilisai Soudararajan said her party had already conducted “friendly talks” with the allies and would meet them again to firm up the alliance. “Once this is completed, we will facilitate a meeting of the alliance leaders with Modiji… the Kovai rally will be a turning point in Tamil Nadu politics,” she said.
Modi was made the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate shortly after his Coimbatore visit in 2014. The February visit will be his maiden trip to the city after becoming Prime Minister.