No alliance with BJP in Tamil Nadu now, says AIADMK

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-BJP alliance has been suspended for now, as announced by AIADMK on Monday.

This decision comes in response to the strong objections raised by the AIADMK due to comments made by BJP chief K Annamalai about the late CN Annadurai, who was the mentor of AIADMK founder MGR.

“We will decide on the alliance before the election,” said AIADMK’s D Jayakumar, reported NDTV.

“Annamalai is unfit to be the BJP’s state president… He speaks ill of late leaders only to project himself,” he added.

“We can’t accept continuous criticism on our leaders. Annamalai already criticised our leader Jayalalithaa. At that time, we passed a resolution against Annamalai. He should have stopped this. He is criticising Anna, Periyar and the general secretary. No cadre would accept this. Tomorrow we have to work on the field. So without any option, we announced this. There won’t be any impact on us with this decision. We are confident of our victory,” he said.

The party workers will not tolerate any insult to the late chief minister, said Jayakumar.

“Annamalai doesn’t desire alliance with AIADMK although BJP workers want it. Should we tolerate all this criticism of our leaders? Why should we carry you? The BJP can’t set foot here. Your vote bank is known. You are known because of us. We can’t tolerate any more (the criticism of leaders),” the former minister told reporters.