5yrs Honeymoon ends : AIADMK severs ties with BJP, breaks away from NDA

Chennai, Sep 25 : The widening cracks in the alliance in

recent times that left it in tatters on Monday reached a point of

no return, with the main Opposition AIADMK in Tamil Nadu

ending its five-year honeymoon with the BJP by severing its

ties with it and walking out of the NDA.

An unanimous resolution was adopted at an emergency meeting of the

senior party functionaries, headquarters secretaries, MPs and MLAs,

chaired by AIADMK General Secretary and Leader of the Opposition

in the State Assembly Edappadi K.Palaniswami, while strongly taking

exception to critical remarks made by BJP State Unit President


Reading out the one page resolution to the media after the meeting,

senior leader and AIADMK Deputy General Secretary K.P.Munusamy

said the State leadership of the BJP had been, for the last one year,

“deliberately, in a planned manner and with motive, defaming” icons

of the party such as stalwarts C.N.Annadurai and Ms Jayalalithaa and

“criticising” the policies of the party.

It also said moreover, the BJP State Leadership had spoken in a manner

belittling the grand conference organised by the AIADMK on August 20

in Madurai and also made remarks critical of Mr Palaniswami who is the

guiding force of the two crore AIADMK cadres, causing deep anguish

among the AIADMK functionaries and cadres.

The resolution, adopted after about an hour long meeting, however,

did not take any names of the BJP though it was quite obvious that

alluded to state BJP Chief, K. Annamalai.

Mr.Munusamy also announced that his party would form a coalition

and face 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

“In deference to the wishes of the two crore party cadres, it has been

unanimously resolved at the meeting chaired by Mr Palaniswami and

attended by AIADMK headquarters secretaries, district secretaries,

senior functionaries, MPs and MLAs, that the AIADMK has decided

to sever ties with the BJP and quit the NDA alliance with effect from

today (September 25, 2023)”, the resolution said.

Soon after the resolution was adopted, scores of AIADMK cadres,

who had thronged the party office, celebrated it by bursting crackers

distributing sweets, and dancing to the tune of beating drums.

AIADMK sources said Mr Palaniswami thrice reiterated in the meeting

that there is no alliance with the BJP and NDA and AIADMK has decided

quit the NDA alliance.

He had also told the AIADMK functionaries that the party would never

ally with the BJP in future. There will be no alliance with the BJP for

the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and also for the 2026 Assembly polls and that

he was prepared to face any challenge (posed by the BJP).

Meanwhile, talking to reporters after the meeting, former Minister

and one of the senior leaders Vaigaiselvan said the decision to quit

the NDA was unanimous and it reflected the views and sentiments of

the two crore party cadres.

The development followed the declaration by the party’s organisation

secretary, D.Jayakumar on September 18 that the BJP was no longer

its ally, a stand which he had reiterated on the meeting’s eve yesterday

saying there was no change in the stand.

Reacting to AIADMK’s decision, Mr Annamalai said the BJP National

leadership headed by Mr J.P.Nadda will respond to this at an appropriate

time, a point which was echoed by BJP National Secretary Keshav, who

hours after the AIADMK’s pull out, restrained the State leadership from

making any comments on the issue.

“Being a National Party, the BJP Leadership will talk about this (AIADMK’s

decision to quit the NDA)”, he reiterated, while thanking the media for the


It may be recalled that the AIADMK had revived in ties with the BJP in the

run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

It was revived after a gap of two decades after former AIADMK Supremo and

Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, after forging an alliance with the BJP in the 1998

elections, toppled the 13-month-old BJP government at the Centre headed by

then Prime Minister A.B.Vajpayee.

While asserting that she was not ashamed of admitting the fault committed by

her in aligning with the BJP and toppling the government, she had also then

vowed that the AIADMK would never ally with the BJP in future, which she had

maintained till her last breadth.

However, after her death in December 2016, the AIADMK faced a vertical

split in 2017, came together later under the twin leadership of Palaniswami

and ousted leader O.Panneerselvam ane revived the alliance with the BJP

in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and since then the front had lost four

successive polls, including the Assembly bypoll to the Erode Assembly


The front suffered a debacle in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the 2021 Assembly

polls and the elections to the rural and Urban Local bodies.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls the front headed by the AIADMK suffered its

worst defeat to the DMK-led Front that comprised, Congress, MDMK, VCK,

CPI and CPI(M) and other parties–losing 39 of the 40 seats in Tamil Nadu

and Puducherry.

Only AIADMK candidate and Mr Panneerselvam’s son P.Ravindranath managed

to win from his native Theni Parliamentary constituency.

The alliance continued in 2021 Assembly polls, in which the AIADMK-Front

managed to win a mere 75 seats, including four by the BJP, the highest

representation in the State Assembly thus far, and was dethroned by the


The DMK headed by Mr Stalin swept the polls with a resounding victory and

returned to power after a gap of ten years and he became the Chief Minister

for the first time.

The AIADMK-led Front’s poor run in electoral politics continued as it also

performed badly in the local bodies polls.

Despite these setbacks, both the AIADMK and the BJP had been maintaining

that the alliance was intact and would continue in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls,

which was also confirmed by National BJP Leaders including Mr Amit Shah.

However, the latest war of words between the two following some remarks made

by Mr Annamalai about Mr Annadurai and AIADMK leaders and its leadership,

created friction in the alliance and the cracks widened further and reached

a point of no return, prompting the AIADMK to adopt a key resolution severing

its ties with the saffron party and quit the NDA.

It was also informed at the meeting that the AIADMK would never have any truck

with the BJP in future in any of the elections.

Soon after the AIADMK quit the NDA, the hashtag on the issue started trending

on the social media with the AIADMK stating “Thank you BJP…Don’t come again”.

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