BJP will lead in TN assembly elections 2021, fight with DMK, says Duraisamy

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Written by Janardhan Koushik | Published: August 12, 2020 6:42:20 pm

Tamil Nadu BJP vice-president VP Duraisamy

Tamil Nadu BJP vice-president and former DMK general secretary VP Duraisamy on Wednesday said that 2021 assembly elections is going to be a battle between DMK and BJP.

“Till last week, the 2021 elections were projected as DMK vs AIADMK, but after the departure of Ku Ka Selvam (Thousand Lights MLA from DMK), it has become BJP vs DMK. This is a sign of our growth, we are growing fast in Tamil Nadu. Like-minded parties would be part of the alliance, we will lead them because we are a national party,” he said.

The reaction from Duraisamy comes days after Tamil Nadu BJP leader L Murugan said the AIADMK-BJP alliance will continue in the upcoming 2021 elections.

Meanwhile, the ministers in the AIADMK camp had been passing contradictory remarks on who will be their chief minister candidate for the upcoming 2021 assembly elections. Minister Sellur K Raju said that both former Chief Ministers MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa never projected themselves as the chief minister candidate and it was the people and the cabinet which elected them to those positions and similarly, in the upcoming election, the AIADMK party will decide on who will be their CM candidate.

However, Minister Rajendra Balaji and RB Udhayakumar said Edappadi K Palanisami will lead the party in the 2021 elections and there are no second thoughts on that. “We have faced three elections under the leadership of EPS and we will face the upcoming elections under him,” Udhayakumar said.

Reacting to Duraisamy’s comment, State Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said the alliance will be decided only before the elections. “We don’t know whether it is his view or the party. BJP leader Murugan’s opinion is our opinion,” he said. He further added that discussion about their party’s chief minister candidate now will only weaken their chances in the election.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the AIADMK-led NDA alliance managed to win just a single seat in Theni. Duraisamy, who served as a deputy speaker from 1989 to 91 quit DMK and joined AIADMK. However, within a year he returned to DMK. He served as a Rajya Sabha MP from 1996 to 2001. During the DMK regime between 2006 -11, he was again appointed as the deputy speaker.

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