AIADMK breaks alliance with BJP, slams Annamalai

A simmering tension within the BJP-AIADMK leadership in Tamil Nadu came to the fore Monday, as senior leader D. Jayakumar announced breakup of the alliance and added that any decision would be made only before the next year’s election.

Jayakumar further singled out BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief K. Annamalai for speaking ill of AIADMK’s former leaders.

“He spoke about Amma (Jayalalithaa) and then apologised, then he spoke about Anna and Periyar. Enough is enough. We can’t tolerate it anymore. If Annamalai continues to criticise our leaders, we will retaliate strongly,” the AIADMK organising secretary said, adding that the decision on alliance will be decided only closer to election.

All has not been well for the BJP and the AIADMK, who have been in alliance since 2019, after Annamalai’s 11 September remark on Dravidian icon and former chief minister C. N. Annadurai.