New Delhi: Publicly reading out a resolution passed by his party against K. Annamalai, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary Edappadi Palaniswami called the Tamil Nadu BJP president’s comments on Jayalalithaa “irresponsible”.
Palaniswami was addressing the media on Tuesday, June 13 after a meeting of his party’s district secretaries in Chennai.
“Amma [Jayalalithaa] served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for 16 years and brought many schemes for the welfare of the public and inspired other states to implement them. Without any political experience or maturity, BJP leader Annamalai has passed such comments intentionally with a motive and the AIADMK strongly condemns it,” the Indian Express quoted him as saying.
A Times of India report said that Palaniswami called Annamalai’s remarks “irresponsible”.
The AIADMK’s resolution was referring to Annamalai’s comments on corruption in Tamil Nadu in a Times of India interview on June 12. When asked if he agreed that Jayalalithaa’s tenure as Tamil Nadu chief minister between 1991 and 1996 was among the worst periods for the state in terms of corruption, Annamalai seemed to indirectly answer in the affirmative.
“Many administrations in Tamil Nadu were corrupt. Former chief ministers have been convicted in courts of law. That is why Tamil Nadu has become one of the most corrupt states. I would say it is number one in corruption,” he said.
The resolution points to the AIADMK and BJP’s increasingly fractious partnership in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). On Monday, June 12, the two parties publicly disagreed over targets for the 2024 general election.
DTNext even quoted a senior AIADMK leader as calling the BJP an “Achilles’ heel” for AIADMK, thanks to the saffron party’s “hyper-nationalism” and “unitarian agenda”. Annamalai has also proven to be a thorn in the alliance due to claims that he would “release files containing allegations of corruption against AIADMK leaders at an opportune moment”.