As the GE 2024 approaches closer, the alliance partners are trying to assess the local situation to consolidate respective territories. The strains between the AIADMK and BJP seemed to have reached a flashpoint on Monday when a senior leader of the Dravidian party said there was no alliance with the saffron organisation and that any decision on a poll pact would be decided only during the election.
AIADMK leader D Jayakumar, lashing out at BJP state chief K Annamalai for his criticism of Dravidian stalwart C N Annadurai, said his party workers will not tolerate any affront to the late chief minister. He said that while Annamalai had made critical remarks about AIADMK leaders including the late J Jayalalithaa, the party had sought to restrain the BJP leader.
"Annamalai doesn't desire an alliance with AIADMK although BJP workers want it. Should we tolerate all this criticism of our leaders? Why should we carry you? BJP can't set foot here. Your vote bank is known. You are known because of us," the former minister told reporters here while lashing out at the BJP and its state unit president. "We can't tolerate anymore (the criticism of leaders). As far as alliance is concerned, it is not there.