Justice Markandey Katju-
Justice Markandey Katju is a former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman, Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own.
The State Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu are due in May 2021, and already the political climate in the state has heated up, with the recent visit to Chennai of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah. It seems the BJP has targeted two states, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, for intense campaigning for the coming state elections in 2021.
While in West Bengal it aims to win a majority of seats by itself, in Tamil Nadu it will be in alliance with the ADMK, with the latter being the major partner.
This alliance has a good chance of winning, for the following reasons:
There is wide appreciation in Tamil Nadu of the achievements of the present ADMK government led by its Chief Minister E.Palanswami, some of which he mentioned in a speech:
These include :
(1) Since there is often water shortage in the state, the state government has granted Rs 100 crore for constructing water tanks in the state. It is also promoting kadimaramathu, the traditional method of water harvesting, and maintaining and repairing the existing tanks and water bodies extensively.
(2) The enactment of the Tamil Nadu Protected Zone Development Act, 2020, has been widely welcomed by most people. This Act prohibits setting up certain plants and industries in certain ‘protected zones’ which could damage the environment and pose danger to public health.
(3) The pandemic and cyclones have been handled well by the state government.
(4) The state government banned the use of single plastics since January 2019
(5) The Chief Minister is humble and modest, and interacts well with the media and public.
Apart from the above, alliance with the BJP, which rules in the center, will bring in immense financial resources. Also, since 90% of the state population is Hindu, and since BJP, is a party purporting to represent Hindus, that may benefit the alliance.
I predict that the ADMK-BJP alliance will win a majority of seats in the coming State Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu