Chennai: Tensions between the AIADMK and BJP in Tamil Nadu appear to have escalated significantly, with a senior AIADMK leader declaring that there is currently no alliance between the two parties.
D. Jayakumar, a former AIADMK minister, strongly criticized BJP state chief K. Annamalai for his disparaging remarks about revered Dravidian leader C. N. Annadurai. Jayakumar emphasized that AIADMK members would not tolerate any insults directed at their late chief minister.
Jayakumar also pointed out that Annamalai had made critical comments about other AIADMK leaders, including the late J. Jayalalithaa. He questioned the BJP’s desire for an alliance with the AIADMK, suggesting that while BJP workers may want it, the party’s critical comments are unacceptable.
Jayakumar made it clear that the AIADMK could no longer endure such criticism of its leaders. He stated that there is currently no alliance between the AIADMK and BJP and that a decision on alliance formation would only occur when elections are imminent.
This development is significant as it comes just ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. It is unclear whether the AIADMK and BJP will be able to resolve their differences and form an alliance for the upcoming polls.