Amit Shah told me to carry out constituency work intensively: Soundararajan denies intra-party feud

Soundararajan contested from the South Chennai Lok Sabha seat. She lost the election to DMK's Tamizhachi Thangapandian.

ByPTI

Published Jun 14, 2024 | 11:28 AM Updated Jun 14, 2024 | 11:28 AM

Amit Shah speaking with Tamilisai Soundararajan

BJP leader Tamilisai Soundararajan said that senior party leader Amit Shah asked her to “carry out political and constituency work intensively”, after a video of her interaction with the Union home minister surfaced on social media.

In the video clip from TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu’s swearing-in as Andhra Pradesh chief minister on Wednesday, 12 June,  Shah was seen talking to Soundararajan animatedly while gesturing with his finger.

In a post on ‘X’ on Thursday, 13 June, Soundararajan, who is the former Governor of Telangana, said she met Shah for the first time following the declaration of Lok Sabha poll results and the duo was talking about “post-poll follow-up”.

“Yesterday as I met our Honorable Home Minister Sri @AmitShah ji in AP for the first time after the 2024 Elections he called me to ask about post-poll follow-up and the challenges faced.

“As I was elaborating, due to lack of time with utmost concern, he advised to carry out the political and constituency work intensively which was reassuring. This is to clarify all unwarranted speculations,” she said.

Soundararajan contested from the South Chennai Lok Sabha seat. She lost the election to DMK’s Tamizhachi Thangapandian.

Her comment assumes significance in the wake of rumours of an intra-party feud in the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP.

Soundararajan, on her return to Chennai on Wednesday, 12 June, declined to comment, when she was asked by reporters on the claims of a discord within the party vis-a-vis her interaction with Shah.

Her alleged comments on “criminal elements” in the BJP and that “the party would have won had there been an alliance with the AIADMK” were among the triggering factors.

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