CHENNAI: After the PMK, which represents the strong Vanniyar group, severed relations with the AIADMK during the October 2021 rural local body elections, a significant number of Tamil Nadu BJP officials are pressuring the party's national leadership to go it alone.
Nainar Nagenthran, a BJP legislator in Tamil Nadu's legislative assembly, recently came out aggressively against the AIADMK state leadership, implying that the BJP planned to go it alone in the elections. However, BJP state president K. Annamalai was working hard to heal wounds and belittle Nagenthran's statement.
A significant portion of the BJP leadership in Tamil Nadu believes that AIADMK lower-level cadres and BJP cadres are not working together, and that the AIADMK did not transfer votes to BJP candidates in the 2021 Assembly elections.
While the DMK is a tight coalition with a grassroots presence, some top BJP leaders believe that the AIADMK has devolved into a party that only comes together during elections.