Minister says AIADMK waiting to break ties with BJP, but backtracks soon

An AIADMK Minister backtracked on his remarks about breaking ties with ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).  His party also said his remarks were his own and not that of the AIADMK leadership.

G  Baskaran, who is the Minister for Khadi and Village Industries, had said on Tuesday, “In the cabinet, all the ministers were opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA. We are waiting for the opportune time to snap ties with the BJP. It is the BJP that had let us down in the elections. We want to be on our own.”

Baskaran was speaking at a function to commemorate the 103rd birth anniversary of AIADMK founder MGR at Ilayankudi at a Mulsim dominated area in Sivaganga on Tuesday. “You have spurned us, but we won’t. We are waiting for opportunity to break off from the alliance with the BJP. All the ministers are opposed to the CAA,” he said.

However, on Wednesday senior minister and AIADMK spokesperson D Jayakumar said Baskaran’s statement may be treated as his individual view and it has nothing to do with the party’s policy decision on the alliance.
“Only the party leadership will take a call on the alliance. The leadership will take the final call ahead of the 2021 assembly elections and that will depend on the political climate,” Jayakumar said.

BJP general secretaries K S Narendran and Vanathi Srinivasan said the party would prefer to ignore the views of any individual functionary or minister.

Soon, Baskaran himself made a u-turn saying he had only spoken about the CAA, against which protest rallies are being held across the state. “I have only elaborated the party’s position on the CAA and have not said anything about the ties with the BJP which remain strong,” he told reporters at Karaikudi.