Javadekar Skips Posers on NDA’s CM Choice for TN 2021 Polls and Links with Partner AIADMK | India News
CHENNAI: BJP Leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday refused categorically to nominate the AIADMK-BJP alliance’s top ministerial candidate in Tamil Nadu, although the ruling party has already announced that K Palaniswami would be his CM face. for the 2021 Assembly elections.
To various questions from reporters here about BJP ally AIADMK naming Palaniswami as the top ministerial candidate and whether his party backed him and who is CM’s candidate from the state-led NDA alliance by the ruling party , skipped all of them.
“Good question and good answer,” he told a press conference, noting the presence of AIADMK MP Rajya Sabha, A Navaneethakrishnan at the meeting.
When the scribes told him that he did not respond directly to questions about the AIADMK-BJP ties, the ones related to the prime ministerial candidate, he chuckled and said ‘that’s the answer’.
On the perception that it was the BJP that needed the AIADMK the most, he said that in coalition politics anywhere, one party complemented the other and the parties depended on each other.
To a question on AIADMK in which he made it clear that the BJP was his ally and if he was going to claim that the ruling party in Tamil Nadu was still a partner of his party (as the Saffron party leadership here has been saying the matter would be decided by the command), said the Tamil Nadu leadership ‘is correct’ about it.
At the same time, Javadekar again referred to the presence of AIADMK leader Navaneethakrishnan, saying it is “important.”
The minister’s comment is seen as an indication that the ties between the BJP and AIADMK are intact as of now.
BJP, a junior partner in the AIADMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu, showing reluctance to immediately back Prime Minister K Palaniswami’s candidacy as the coalition-wide CM nominee has led to speculation on social media, including allegations of ‘ arm twist ‘for the saffron festival.
AIADMK has already made it clear that the current Palaniswami would be its CM face for the upcoming 2021 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
The polls must be held between April and May of next year.
Javadekar’s refusal to make a categorical statement comes in the context of the BJP leadership in Tamil Nadu, which maintains that CM’s choice for the alliance would be “decided” by its top leaders.
When asked about “talking” about Rajinikanth being the BJP’s “B” team, the minister said: “I will not go into deviations.”
On why his party leaders were praising the late AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran recently, the minister said such an opinion was not correct.
Tamil Nadu icons like MGR were always remembered by the BJP on their birth and death anniversaries and “this time they have noticed,” he said.