Senior leader’s ‘DMK Vs BJP’ comments triggers debate, party chief plays it down

VP Duraisamy

Chennai: Tamilnadu political circles were in for some shock when BJP’s State vice-president VP Duraisamy said on Wednesday that his party will lead the fight against the DMK in 2021 Tamilnadu Assembly elections.

Effectively writing off the BJP’s own ally, the ruling AIADMK, he claimed that the six-decade Dravidian battle in Tamilnadu has turned into a BJP vs DMK contest. These comments triggered speculations in political circles and debates in news channels.

“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 Tamilnadu. Like-minded parties would be part of the alliance, we will lead them because we are a national party,” he said.

However, later in the day, Tamilnadu BJP president L Murugan downplayed the remarks of Duraisamy and said Duraisamy had highlighted the growth of the BJP in Tamilnadu and that was all.

“There is no change in the NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu; the existing alliance continues,” Murugan told reporters in Perambalur after chairing a meeting of the party office-bearers.

 

NT Bureau