Annamalai meets BJP national leaders in Delhi after AIADMK breaks alliance in Tamil Nadu

The TN BJP chief said his visit to Delhi was a routine one, and that he would give a report on his padayatra to the party high command.

ByVinodh Arulappan

Published Oct 02, 2023 | 11:06 PMUpdatedOct 02, 2023 | 11:07 PM

Annamalai meets BJP national leaders in Delhi after AIADMK breaks alliance in Tamil Nadu

A week after the AIADMK broke its ties with the BJP, the saffron party’s Tamil Nadu president K Annamalai met its national leaders in Delhi on Monday, 2 October.

According to sources, Annamalai took a flight to Delhi on Sunday evening from Coimbatore. Before leaving for the national capital, he told reporters at the Coimbatore airport that his visit to Delhi was a routine one and that he would give a report and briefing on his padayatra to the BJP high command.

“The purpose of my trip is to invite the national leaders to the next phase of the “En Mann En Makkal” yatra, and I will brief them about the success of the part of the yatra that has been completed so far,” Annamalai said.

Asked whether any explanation was sought from him after the AIADMK broke its alliance with the BJP, he stated that no one from Delhi had sought any explanation from him.

He further stated that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was a big coalition, and there were other parties in it as well.

Annamalai reached Delhi on Sunday evening. Since the BJP national leaders were busy with meetings, he could not meet them and stayed in Tejasvi Surya’s residence.

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Meeting Nirmala Sitaraman

On Monday morning, the BJP high command directed Annamalai to meet the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman.

According to sources, Sitaraman, who had submitted a report to the BJP high command on the AIADMK breaking ranks with the BJP, explained to Annamalai her findings and the interaction she had with the BJP functionaries regarding the alliance.

It was also learnt that Annamalai explained certain things about the strained relationship with the AIADMK and his plans for the coalition in Tamil Nadu for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Later, Annamalai took to X (formerly Twitter) to state that he had submitted various memorandums seeking the finance minister’s intervention on requests from industries in Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, according to sources from the Tamil Nadu BJP unit, Annamalai would be meeting other senior BJP leaders in Delhi.

The BJP district secretaries’ meeting, which was scheduled to be held on Tuesday in Chennai, has been postponed as Annamalai is still in Delhi.

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EPC cites AIADMK cadre

On Monday, AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami said that he was putting a full stop to the speculations that the party would again join hands with the BJP.

Speaking with the booth committee functionaries at Salem, Palaniswami said “We reflected on the emotions of the AIADMK cadres. It is not my decision alone. It is the decision of the 2 crore AIADMK cadres. Journalists and political observers write and say that Palaniswami did not open his mouth on the alliance break-up. I want to let them know that when a party passes a resolution, it is the final and collective decision.”

He further insisted that the party functionaries go to the minority communities and allay their fears by making it clear that the AIADMK would not join hands with the BJP, and instead always protect the interests of the minorities.

“A few journalists ask about the support that the AIADMK will extend to the prime-ministerial candidate. I want to tell them that in the last elections, did Naveen Patnaik in Odisha and Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal ever campaign and contest by naming a prime-ministerial candidate? We will contest the elections focusing on the welfare of the state and its people,” said Palaniswami.

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