Attempt to show all is well? TN BJP chief K Annamalai visits Tamilisai Soundararajan, praises her

Annamalai said he was extremely happy to visit 'Akka Tamilisai,' a senior leader who functioned efficiently as the party's TN unit chief.

ByPTI

Published Jun 14, 2024 | 5:47 PM Updated Jun 14, 2024 | 5:47 PM

K Annamalai called on Tamilisai Soundararajan at her residence in Chennai. (X)

Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai visited party leader Tamilisai Soundararajan in Chennai on Friday, 14 June, and said her political experience is providing impetus for the party’s growth.

After calling on Soundararajan at her residence in Chennai, Annamalai, in a post on X, said he was extremely happy to visit ‘Akka (elder sister) Tamilisai,’ a senior leader who functioned efficiently as the party’s Tamil Nadu unit chief.

Soundararajan, when she led the party in the state resolutely said that lotus will bloom in Tamil Nadu and worked hard to achieve it. Her “political experience and her advice are continuously providing an impetus for the party’s growth,” Annamalai said.

In a post on X, Soundararajan said she was happy to meet Annamalai.

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War of words in social media

Annamalai’s visit comes days after a war of words between supporters of Soundararajan and the saffron party’s state unit chief in social media following BJP’s electoral drubbing in Tamil Nadu.

Also, senior leader and Home Minister Amit Shah seemed to  her during the swearing-in ceremony of N Chandrababu Naidu as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister. A video clip of their conversation became a political talking point.

Putting speculation to rest, Soundararajan said on 13 June: “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 paucity of time with utmost concern, he advised me 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.

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‘Criminal elements’

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. Annamalai’s supporters opposed such remarks and hit out at her, using memes as well in social media, for jumping the gun.

Annamalai himself had pointed to the possibility of a win for the opposition in Tamil Nadu (AIADMK, BJP) in a number of constituencies if the votes of the saffron party and that of the AIADMK were added up, which showed that the winner had scored less than the opposition’s combined score. However, he did not appear to have favoured an alliance with the AIADMK.

Subsequently, AIADMK leader SP Velumani too had spoken on the probability of victory in a number of seats had there been an alliance with the BJP. Later, AIADMK chief Edappadi K Palaniswami had again ruled out the scope for an alliance with the national party.

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