Annamalai says he would prefer to quit as president of the Tamil Nadu BJP than to maintain his alliance with the AIADMK.

Mr. Annamalai has claimed that a coalition with the AIADMK will prevent the BJP from achieving the level of growth he desired for it in T.N. -free picture

Party sources revealed that K. Annamalai, the president of the Tamil Nadu BJP, stated during a meeting of party office-bearers on Friday that he would be willing to resign from his position if the BJP decided to retain its alliance with the AIADMK for the 2024 parliamentary elections.

At the State-level meeting attended by prominent figures, including Coimbatore South Legislator Vanathi Srinivasan, M. Chakravarthy, and V.P. Duraisamy, Mr. Annamalai’s firm stance on leaving the coalition had both supporters and others who responded carefully.

The remark made by Mr. Annamalai might be interpreted as a demand for the party’s national leadership to end the partnership with the AIADMK, a few senior figures later told The Media. The conference was taking place against the backdrop of ongoing hostilities between the AIADMK and the BJP when Mr. Annamalai made his remarks.

As per the media source, Mr. Annamalai had already discussed his opinions with the party’s national leadership over the phone and hoped for a meeting with the leadership soon so he could fully explain his perspective. He declared he would step down as president and remain a cadre in the party if the national leadership chose to keep the partnership.

He claimed that his goal when he joined the party and accepted the position of State President was to bring the BJP to power, not to support the AIADMK’s temporary general secretary Edappadi K. Palaniswami’s leadership.

He believed that the public would not have faith in his and the party’s efforts to promote “clean” administration in the State.

Lt. Col N Thagarajan (Veteran)
Lt. Col N Thagarajan (Veteran)

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