Following the AIADMK announcement that it was parting ways with the BJP in Tamil Nadu, BJP state president K Annamalai said the party was facing a challenging time ahead and it should gear up to oppose many people.
He also expressed his resolve to overcome all hurdles to usher in “political change” in the state.
As president of the party, he said he was prepared to take on individuals and he wanted the cadres to be prepared to take on those who opposed them, and eventually win and ensure a regime change.
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‘Need for political change’
In a veiled reference to the AIADMK, Annamalai, addressing party workers during his ‘En Mann, En Makkal’ (My Land, My People) padayatra at Pollachi late on Monday night, he said: “We have seen the need for a political change. This is a challenging time. We need to oppose many.”
He said he was determined to overcome the challenges.
“If I don’t do certain things, then I will lose the trust you have placed in me… we need to face challenges, overcome hurdles, take a stance to oppose some individuals,” he added. In order to ensure this, the party should gear up in this direction, Annamalai said.
Earlier on Monday, the AIADMK — led by Edappadi K Palaniswami, or EPS — ended its seven-year tie-up with the BJP after passing a resolution in a high-level committee meeting.
It stated that the party is no longer in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The decision comes as a blow to the BJP which is trying to stitch up alliances across the country to counter Opposition parties’ Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc.
AIADMK to lead separate front
Further, the AIADMK stated that it will lead a separate front for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
The party called for an urgent meeting of its organisational functionaries, including district secretaries, MLAs, and former ministers. Chairing the meeting, Palaniswami, popularly called EPS, spoke about recent incidents of BJP national leaders insulting the party and sought the opinion of the functionaries.
Meanwhile, BJP state secretary Dr Srinivasan told the media that they (BJP) are also happy with the decision of AIADMK.
“We will take on both the DMK and the AIADMK hereafter,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)