Amit Shah to miss Karunanidhi condolence meet

BJP President Amit Shah, who had earlier accepted invitation from DMK to take part in the condolence meeting of former chief minister M Karunanidhi, to be held in Chennai on August 30, has later decided to kept away from the event.

As his acceptance for the event has given scope for wider speculations that DMK and BJP are coming together politically, it was due to inputs from party leadership, Amit Shah has reportedly decided not to attend the evening.

Amit Shah has now deputed senior party leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari , besides state party incharge and BJP national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao, to represent the BJP at the event. This was convenyed by BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan, yesterday.

Initially, when former union minister TR Baalu and Kanimozhi personally invited Amit Shah, he had reportedly agreed to participate in the condolence meeting for Karunanidhi. But since then almost all BJP leaders maintaining `silence’ over his attendance.

State level leaders are stating they have no information in this regard. It may be recalled that a powerful section within Sangh Parivar is opposing any association with DMK, but preferring AIADMK or even Rajanikanth. That saction said to be was shocked with Amit Shah’s attempt to come closer to DMK.

In order to ruled out such speculation, political sources are stating that Amig Shah has decided not to attend the event. Meanwhile, three days ahead of this event, state BJP is also organising former prime minister Vajapeyee’s condolence meeting in Chennai.

DMK is deputing Kanimozhi for this meeting. It may be interesting to note that both Chief Minister Palanisami and DMK chief MK Stalin are maintaining distance from this meeting. Even, MDMK general secretary Vaiko, who paid rich encomiums on Vajpayee and said to be close to the former chief minister, chose to stay away.

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