Fissures in Tamil Nadu BJP after poll debacle: Tamilisai Soundararajan warns own IT wing

Tamilisai resigned as the Governor of Telangana and LG of Puducherry to return to electoral politics and contest in the Lok Sabha polls.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 06, 2024 | 10:13 PM Updated Jun 07, 2024 | 12:33 AM

Tamilisai Soundararajan warns BJP IT wing

After losing to DMK sitting MP Thamizhachi Thangapandian from Chennai South constituency in the Lok Sabha elections, BJP’s Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday, 6 June warned BJP’s IT wing against ill comments about party leaders.

Tamilisai resigned as the Governor of Telangana and Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry to return to electoral politics and contest the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu on a BJP ticket, where she lost to the DMK MP by a margin of 2,25,945 votes.

While DMK and its allies won all 39 segments and the one lone seat in Puducherry, BJP’s vote share increased from 3.66 percent in 2019 to 10.72 percent. Opening a party office in Chennai on 6 June, the BJP leader thanked the people who voted for her party. Talking to reporters in Chennai, she said her only goal is to work for people’s welfare and that she has been doing that for more than 25 years.

Talking about whether the party would have won if it had still been in alliance with AIADMK, she said, “We would have definitely won had we still been in alliance. We are not people who come second, we are the ones who win.”

She further said, “If you look at the vote percentage, DMK couldn’t have won if we were in an alliance (referring to AIADMK).”

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As leaders of political parties started taking a jibe at each other after the results were out, in a video clip circulating in social media, Tamilisai can be heard warning the BJP IT wing against writing ill of any BJP leader. If they do, she said she will take strict action against them as former state BJP chief.

Tamilisai also said, “I don’t know how Chennai (and nearby areas) voted for DMK despite it not addressing crucial problems that citizens face. We are confident that we will win the 2026 elections.”

Talking about the criticism on her after she lost the election, Tamilisai said winning and losing are all part of it and she gets to decide whether she wants to contest in elections or be a Governor. Addressing the media, she further said that no one except her gets to decide that for her. She also warned people against body shaming her or passing any derogatory remarks, referring to someone’s comment on her hair.

Talking about the DMK alliance winning all 40 seats, she alleged it doesn’t make any difference because the elected MPs will only stage walkouts or conduct protests instead of working for the welfare of people like BJP would have.

Earlier in the day, the party’s Tamil Nadu unit had demanded action after a video went viral in which some men are purportedly seen slaying a goat, around whose neck a photo of the party’s state president K Annamalai is tied.

Also Read: Tamil Nadu BJP condemns video showing public slaughter of goat carrying Annamalai’s photo

(Edited by Neena)