NEW DELHI: The AIADMK on Monday said that it will be forced to rethink its alliance with the BJP in Tamil Nadu amid Annamalai‘s strong criticism of the Edappadi K Palaniswami-led party.
The latest threat by AIADMK has again brought to the fore the growing tensions between the two allies in the state.
AIADMK leader and former Tamil Nadu minister D Jayakumar lashed out at state BJP chief Annamalai’s criticism of the party and its late leader Jayalalithaa.
In a veiled dig at Jayalalithaa, Annamalai recently said that many past governments in Tamil Nadu were corrupt when asked whether the period between 1991-96 (when Jayalalithaa was at the helm) was among the worst in terms of corruption.
Coming down heavily on the Tamil Nadu BJP chief, Jayakumar sought to know if the remarks made by Annamalai were approved by the central leaders in Delhi.
“Is it Annamalai’s intention to see that the AIADMK-BJP alliance does not win a seat in the 2024 Lok Sabha election and that Narendra Modi should not become Prime Minister again? Are not his activities oriented in this direction?” an angry Jayakumar said.
Saying that Annamalai’s remarks are unacceptable, Jayakumar wondered why the Tamil Nadu BJP chief is silent on corruption allegations involving the BJP in Karnataka.
“Did the BJP win in Karnataka despite his election campaign in that state? Why doesn’t he talk about the corruption allegations in Karnataka during the Assembly election,” Jayakumar asked.
Indicating that the BJP on its own is nothing in Tamil Nadu, Jayakumar said his party’s strong presence in the state ensured BJP’s victory in the 2021 assembly election.
“After a gap of 20 years, the BJP made an entry into the state assembly with four MLAs today because of the AIADMK. Will Annamalai deny this? The BJP will get an identity only when it remains in the AIADMK alliance,” the former minister said.
He warned that the AIADMK would be forced to rethink its alliance with the saffron party if Annamalai continued to needlessly criticise the party and if the BJP central leadership did not restrain an “immature” Annamalai, who wants to project himself.
“Annamalai should hold his tongue and follow alliance dharma,” he said and pointed to the smooth ties in the ruling DMK camp where the Congress remained restrained despite the DMK always raking up the troubles it faced during the Emergency imposed by the Congress government in 1975.
Meanwhile, former chief minister O Panneerselvam flayed the BJP chief and said Annamalai’s alleged remarks on a former chief minister showed his “political immaturity.”
(With inputs from PTI)

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