PM Modi's rally in Tamil Nadu today.

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New Delhi:

PM Modi is on Tamil Nadu tour today (PM Modi In Tamil Nadu) amid preparations for the Lok Sabha elections.

PM Modi's effort is to revive BJP in the southern state, where the party's vote share is only 3 percent.

After AIADMK broke the alliance, there is no major ally in the state.

Both DMK and AIADMK parties in the state are maintaining distance from BJP.

So far, only Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) chief GK Vasan has joined hands with BJP.

There are also indications that Puthiya Thamizhagam and some other smaller allies are considering leaving the DMK camp.

Expelled AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam (OPS), Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran are also likely to join BJP. 

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PM Modi's rally in Tamil Nadu today

PM Modi will address a rally at Palladam in Tiruppur district this afternoon.

PM Modi's visit is being seen as the culmination of BJP state unit chief Annamalai's padyatra that touched all 233 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu.

Mr Annamalai told NDTV that "Forget who was with us then and now. When we started the rally, it was a BJP rally; it has now taken the form of a mass movement, with more parties joining in the coming months. Will join and strengthen the hands of PM Modi.

GK Vasan told NDTV, "We are a regional party with a national outlook and we need to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Modi to make India the world's third economy and for the security of the country." It could not achieve success in the Dravidian bastion in 2015, now it is once again cornering the ruling DMK on the issues of corruption and dynastic politics.

Competition between DMK and BJP on these issues

DMK, now a part of the INDIA alliance, has won 38 out of 39 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and has maintained its alliance.

It is competing with BJP on issues like usurpation of states' rights, not giving special relief package to flood-ravaged Chennai and Tuticorin, price rise and financial discrimination towards southern states. 

The AIADMK, which had won just one seat last time and lost both the elections it fought with the BJP, is contesting for the first time under the leadership of Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS).

Amid these challenges, all eyes are on PM Modi's rally to see whether he moves beyond his pro-Tamil rhetoric to provide an adequate financial and relief package to the state apart from Tamil Nadu's long-pending demand for NEET exemption. Will say.