Tamil actor Sarath Kumar merges his party AISMK with BJP

In the presence of AISMK office-bearers and BJP Tamil Nadu unit president K Annamalai, Sarath Kumar merged his party with the saffron party.

BySouth First Desk

Published Mar 12, 2024 | 5:11 PMUpdatedMar 12, 2024 | 5:11 PM

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Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, veteran Tamil actor R Sarath Kumar on Tuesday, 12 March, merged his Akila Indiya Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) with the BJP.

In the presence of AISMK office-bearers and BJP Tamil Nadu unit president K Annamalai, Kumar merged his party with the saffron party.

Betting on the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kumar, addressing his party workers in Chennai, said, “Modi would helm the nation further, towards fostering unity and nurture economic growth”.

Ending the scourge of drugs and ensuring the welfare of the youths is bright under Modi’s leadership, he said.

The 69-year-old actor appealed to his party workers to work towards bringing the BJP to power in Tamil Nadu following polls to the State Assembly in 2026.

After being in the DMK, which sent him to the Rajya Sabha, he quit that party and joined the AIADMK and eventually founded the AISMK in 2007.

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AAMK joins BJP

On Monday, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) chief TTV Dhinakaran announced his party’s unconditional support to the BJP for the soon-to-be-announced Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking to reporters, Dhinakaran said his party’s alliance with the BJP is confirmed. He said, “TN BJP President K Annamalai and BJP leader Kishan Reddy spoke to me over the phone and I have conveyed to them the unconditional support of AMMK to the BJP-led alliance.”

Dhinakaran said he could not meet the BJP leaders on Monday as he was out of Chennai.

The AMMK leader said the BJP leaders had been in touch with them for the past six months and talks were on for about three months now.

While it is certain that people will give Prime Minister Narendra Modi a third term in office, his party, the AMMK will contribute like a ‘squirrel,’ to ensure victory for the BJP in Tamil Nadu.

On seat-sharing, the AMMK leader said his party’s demands will be reasonable. There is no issue as regards the number of constituencies to be allotted to his party and the Lok Sabha segments from where his party nominees will contest.

To a question, Dhinakaran said there was absolutely no pressure on his party to contest on BJP’s lotus symbol.

Answering another question, he said if policies and ideologies matched, there was no need for the presence of separate political parties and the understanding between parties is confined to electoral purposes.

(With PTI inputs)

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)