Tamil Nadu: Edappadi Palaniswami says no alliance with BJP in 2026 Assembly elections

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AIADMK General Secretary Edappadi Palaniswami on Saturday announced that his party will not form an alliance with the BJP for the 2026 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

“AIADMK in alliance with the BJP will not contest the 2026 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu,” Palaniswami said while talking to reporters in Salem.

The clarification comes amid continued claims by leaders of both parties that a joint AIADMK-BJP front could have led to significant victories in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, thereby impacting the DMK-led INDIA alliance in Tamil Nadu.

Speaking about the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections, the former Chief Minister said, “I only campaigned for all AIADMK candidates across the state, while the BJP and INDIA alliance had several national and state level leaders who campaigned at full speed. “.

He also said that despite the lack of support and misinformation against AIADMK, the party managed to increase its vote share by 1 percent compared to the 2019 elections, which he said is a victory in itself.

Moreover, Palaniswami also refuted the claims of the BJP-led NDA gaining ground in the southern state and said AIADMK’s votes had not gone to any other party.

“Many are trying to predict that the BJP has grown in Tamil Nadu. In 2014, the NDA’s vote share was 18.80 percent. In 2024, the NDA’s vote share will be 18.28 percent. So it is wrong to say that the BJP alliance has grown in Tamil Nadu. TN. The vote share of BJP and DMK has fallen but the media keeps talking only about AIADMK and saying that our votes have gone to others.

Palaniswami particularly extended his greetings to Narendra Modi, who will assume the office of Prime Minister on Sunday.

“On behalf of the AIADMK, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Honorable Narendra Modi on assuming office as the Prime Minister of India for the third consecutive term,” Palaniswami said in his message.

Both AIADMK and the BJP scored zero in Tamil Nadu in the Lok Sabha elections, with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK, led by Prime Minister MK Stalin) emerging as the showstopper by bagging 22 of the 40 constituencies in the southern state to tow. DMK’s ally from the INDIA bloc, Congress, won 9 seats.

Published by:

Sahil Sinha

Published on:

June 8, 2024