In Tamilnadu ADMK party has confirmed its alliance with the BJP and also announced Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as the CM candidate for the Assembly elections due in 4-5 months time.
But however the State Unit of the BJP head Murugan today said a decision on alliance and the CM nominee would be decided by his ( BJP ) party high command.
Talking to reporters here, he said though the AIADMK had confirmed its alliance with the BJP and also announced that it would face the polls by projecting Mr Palaniswami as the CM candidate, a final decision would be taken by the BJP high command.
The Party high command would take a final call with whom the BJP should have the alliance and who the CM candidate will be and make an announcement, he added.
‘Those accepting BJP’s CM choice alone can be part of our alliance’, he added.
Taking exception to it, senior AIADMK leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said Mr Murugan’s remarks were not acceptable.
When Union Home Minister Amit Shah himself has accepted that Mr Palaniswami is the CM candidate, Mr Murugan expressing a divergent view need not be taken seriously, he added.
Mr Murugan’s remarks come a few hours after Mr Palaniswami, who is also the Co-coordinator of the AIADMK, hitting the campaign trail after offering prayers at the Sendraya Perumal temple in Periyasoragai village in his Edappadi Assembly constituency.
The twist of events has once again created anxiety amongst ADMK cadres as they thought the Chief Ministerial candidate as been a settled one
Mr Palaniswami, who was already announced as the AIADMK’s Chief Ministerial candidate that put at rest some intra-party differences, had already confirmed that his party’s alliance with the BJP, forged in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, would continue
The same stand ADMK Party Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has said at an Public auction event in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the city.
Opposition parties in Tamilnadu particularly DMK has criticised that event and questioned under what Status quo Ruling ADMK and Home Minister Amit Shah used Tax payer money spend Public function to utilise as alliance sharing private announcements.