BJP's big praise for K Annamalai as AIADMK breaks alliance in Tamil Nadu
The decision to break away from the NDA was taken at a high level meeting chaired by AIADMK chief Edappadi K Palaniswami at the AIADMK headquarters
Friction between the saffron party and AIADMK arose when TN BJP state chief made certain remarks about C Annadurai, and J Jayalalithaa.
Hours after All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) passed a resolution and announced breaking ties with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Tamil Nadu BJP Leader CT Ravi said ‘Under the leadership of K Annamalai a great work of strengthening the party is being done’.
Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai had said Annadurai had in the 1950s made a critical remark in Madurai against the Hindu faith at an event, and that it was staunchly opposed by freedom fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar.
Earlier, during an interview K Annamalai had said, “many administrations of Tamil Nadu were corrupt with former chief ministers convicted in courts of law."
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AIADMK leaders called on BJP chief J P Nadda in New Delhi and apprised him about the ground situation in the state arising out of the saffron party's Tamil Nadu chief K Annamalai's aggressive style of politics.
They had then sought Annamalai's apology for making a remark on Dravidian stalwart CN Annadurai or that he be replaced. Briefing reporters on today's deliberations, former minister and senior leader K P Munusamy said the party has unanimously adopted a resolution to part ways with the NDA and steer a combine of like-minded parties in next year's polls.
With an ulterior motive, the AIADMK said the BJP's state leadership deliberately defamed Annadurai and late party matriarch J Jayalalithaa and incumbent chief Palaniswami. The BJP has also has been critical of its policies and "belittled" the August 20, 2023 Madurai conference of the party.
Annamalai says BJP leadership will reply
K Annamalai on Monday refused to comment on the AIADMK resolution that declared the breaking of its alliance with BJP just a few months before the Lok Sabha election.
"I will speak to you later. I don't speak during Yatra. I will speak later," Annamalai told ANI when asked about the development during his ‘En Mann En Makkal’ (My Land My People) Yatra which is currently in Coimbatore.
According to report, called rabble rouser by AIADMK, Annamalai said ‘Delhi leaders will respond to split’, on AIADMK's split from BJP-led NDA.
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