The AIADMK-BJP alliance is off for now, the Tamil Nadu get together introduced at present, livid over state BJP chief Okay Annamalai’s feedback on the late CN Annadurai, the mentor of AIADMK founder MGR, after whom the get together has been named. “We’ll determine on the alliance earlier than the election,” mentioned AIADMK chief D Jayakumar, underscoring that he was voicing the get together’s stance on the problem. Prime BJP sources, nevertheless, have informed NDTV that the matter might be sorted out.
“Annamalai is unfit to be the BJP’s state president… He speaks sick of late leaders solely to undertaking himself,” mentioned Mr Jayakumar, referring to the state BJP chief’s feedback about get together icon J Jayalalithaa that introduced the alliance to a breaking level in June.
On the time, the get together had sought that the state BJP chief be restrained. The get together staff is not going to tolerate any insult to the late chief minister, he mentioned.
The state BJP chief is understood for dividing his time equally to needle the ruling DMK and ally AIADMK — his get together’s solely ally within the state. It has raised doubts within the AIADMK camp whether or not the previous IPS officer is appearing because the mouthpiece of the get together’s central management, which is raring to create a distinct segment within the state forward of the Lok Sabha polls.
Previously, the BJP — which has negligible presence within the state — has been projecting itself as the large brother within the alliance, capitalising on the factionalism inside the AIADMK.
The tussle between AIADMK’s O Panneerselvam and E Palanisami, who had given inexperienced sign to the alliance, had resurfaced because it misplaced energy to the DMK within the final meeting election.
In March, Mr Annamalai had spoken towards allying with the AIADMK for the 2024 election, leaving its senior leaders fuming. Regardless of pleasant relations, Jayalalithaa had not shaped an alliance with the BJP for a very long time, viewing the get together a misfit in Dravidian politics.
“Annamalai would not want alliance with AIADMK though BJP staff need it. Ought to we tolerate all this criticism of our leaders? Why ought to we supply you? The BJP cannot set foot right here. Your vote financial institution is understood. You might be identified due to us,” the previous minister informed reporters.
“We will not tolerate any extra (the criticism of leaders),” he mentioned. Requested if this was his private opinion, Mr Jayakumar mentioned, “Have I ever spoken to you in that capability? I solely discuss what the get together decides”.
The AIADMK has misplaced all elections it had fought in alliance with the BJP together with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the 2021 meeting elections. The get together has been more and more trying on the BJP as a legal responsibility.