‘It’s DMK Vs BJP in 2021 Assembly polls’ senior leader’s comments triggers debates

Tamil Nadu BJP vice-president and former DMK general secretary VP Duraisamy on Wednesday said next year’s assembly election is going to be a battle between DMK and BJP.

Addressing a press conference, Duraisamy said the change in dynamics had become apparent after the recent meeting between DMK MLA Ku. Ka. Selvam and BJP national president JP Nadda. Selvam had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, and publicly questioned the DMK on not holding internal elections.

“Till last week, the 2021 elections were projected as DMK vs AIADMK, but after the departure of Ku Ka Selvam (DMK MLA from Thousand Lights constituency), it has become BJP vs DMK. This is a sign of our growth, we are growing fast in Tamil Nadu. Like-minded parties would be part of the alliance, we will lead them because we are a national party,” he said.

Duraisamy’s statements are not likely to go down well with the ruling AIADMK, especially his categorical assertion that the BJP would lead the alliance in TN since it is a national party and in power at the Centre.

Tamil Nadu BJP president L Murugan on Wednesday sought to downplay the remarks of his party’s vice president VP Duraisamy that the BJP would head the alliance for the 2021 Assembly elections in the State.

He said Duraisamy had highlighted the growth of the BJP in Tamil Nadu and that was all. Responding to a query, Murugan said, “There is no change in the NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu; the existing alliance continues.” Murugan made these remarks in Perambalur after chairing a meeting of the party office bearers.