Exiting BJP-led NDA was two-crore party cadre’s decision: Palaniswami

Tambaram: AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday said the party severing ties with the BJP and walking out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was a “reflection” the sentiments of its cadre, in a clear indication that the party was in no mood to reconsider the decision.

Palaniswami, who spoke on the issue for the first time, also indicated that the AIADMK will go to the 2024 Lok Sabha without projecting a Prime Ministerial face, following in the footsteps of regional parties like the Biju Janata Dal, YSR Congress, and Bharat Rashtra Samithi.

“We have announced our stand on alliance questions. We will form a mega alliance under the leadership of the AIADMK. Headquarters’ office bearers, district secretaries, MPs, and MLAs aired the views of the 2 crore AIADMK cadres at our party meeting last week. An unanimous decision was taken to sever ties with the BJP and walk out of the NDA,” Palaniswami said.

The “unanimous decision” was taken to “respect and reflect” the sentiments of the AIADMK cadres, Palaniswami said at a party event in Salem, his home town.

“Despite the decision, many ask why Palaniswami hasn’t spoken on this. This was not my individual decision, but that of the party. I want to end all the speculation by asserting that the decision to quit the alliance was unanimous. We are a strong party,” the former chief minister added.


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