AIADMK’s partners create unrest in alliance

The AIADMK may have announced its chief ministerial candidate for the assembly elections due next year, but recent statements from its alliance partners in Tamil Nadu indicates that all may not be going well within the alliance at present.

While Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told media persons in the morning that the AIADMK’s Chief Minister candidate Edappadi K Palaniswami was undoubtedly the common Chief Ministerial candidate of the alliance, BJP State president L Murugan begged to differ a couple of hours later.

In a sharp attack on the government in Tamil Nadu, S Ramadoss, founder of PMK, a key ally of the ruling AIADMK, on Thursday accused it of not heeding to people’s demands. On the other hand, he praised Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy saying the latter is fullfilling all his promises and also going beyond it in delivering welfare measures to the public.

While commending Reddy in a tweet, the PMK leader, who aligned with the AIADMK ahead of last year’s Lok Sabha polls, criticised the Tamil Nadu Government. He said those ruling here now are refusing to say anything about fulfilling the requests of public and even if it is pointed out to them, they are not bothered and do not fulfil them.

The DMDK too, it is said, in mood of demanding more seats in the AIADMK alliance. The ruling AIADMK felt Dr. Ramadoss was resorting to posturing, ahead of the 2021 Assembly elections, by attacking the state government.

In the last few days, Ramadoss has also been demanding that the government should abolish NEET in Tamil Nadu, besides the demand on reservation in the exam.

With about seven months left for the government’s tenure to end, these recent statements have compelled political observers to wonder if all is well between the AIADMK and its allies.