With the BJP claiming to have emerged because the “third power” in its subsequent frontier Tamil Nadu, the state’s chief minister and DMK supremo M Okay Stalin has stated it is sort of a boy scoring 90 factors in an examination, the second pupil getting 50 and the third managing only a 10-point rating.
He additionally stated it was fallacious to imagine that the BJP gained massively within the lately held meeting elections in 5 states as its tally declined in Uttar Pradesh and its 10 ministers, together with one deputy chief minister, misplaced there, whereas a number of key leaders in Goa and the chief minister in Uttarakhand additionally needed to undergo defeat.
“Making an allowance for the actual subject situations of the 5 state election outcomes, I am going to say it’s destructive for the BJP,” Stalin informed PTI in an interview.
“In UP, they’ve fewer seats than final time. The defeat of 10 ministers, together with the deputy chief minister, is an expression of standard discontent. The BJP chief minister has been defeated in Uttarakhand and their key leaders misplaced in Goa too. The occasion has gained solely two seats within the Punjab meeting,” stated the DMK stalwart, who was on a three-day go to to the nationwide capital.
Requested concerning the BJP’s declare that it has emerged because the third power in Tamil Nadu, Stalin stated, “A boy will get 90 marks in an examination. One other pupil will get a rating of fifty. One other one will get 10 factors. Would you admire a 10-point scorer ending third?” After city native physique polls in February, the BJP claimed that it has emerged because the third-largest occasion in Tamil Nadu after the DMK and the AIADMK.
The native elections noticed the ruling DMK relegating its arch-rival AIADMK to a distant second place, after trouncing it within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections after which throughout the 2021 meeting polls. Whereas the DMK gained nearly two-thirds seats, the BJP managed to make its inroads by successful over 300 seats, although it had fielded candidates for nearly 5,600 seats of the full of greater than 12,800.
The outcomes prompted the saffron occasion employees to emphatically comment that the “lotus is blooming” within the Dravidian heartland, whereas its state chief Okay Annamalai stated the BJP was now formally the third-largest occasion in Tamil Nadu because it completed second after the ruling DMK in a number of wards and third after the DMK and the AIADMK in others, whereas its vote share elevated to 10 per cent from 8 per cent throughout the state and in Chennai it rose to eight.04 per cent from 3 per cent earlier.
After years of nil illustration within the state meeting, the occasion had additionally seen 4 of its well-known faces, together with BJP Mahila Morcha nationwide president Vanathi Srinivasan, getting elected to the meeting final 12 months.
On many political pundits suggesting that the current spherical of meeting polls in 5 states, together with in all-important Uttar Pradesh, indicated a transparent win for the BJP within the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Stalin stated parliamentary elections are completely different from meeting polls.
“The outcomes of the 5 state meeting elections and the outcomes of the parliamentary elections shouldn’t be thought-about collectively. (I) Cannot even suppose (so). Legislative elections will concentrate on political points within the state. The parliamentary election will concentrate on who would be the subsequent prime minister. It’s due to this fact incorrect to foretell the mix of the 2,” Stalin stated.
Furthermore, it’s fallacious to say that the BJP has gained vastly in 5 states, the Tamil Nadu chief minister stated.
He additional stated opposing the BJP isn’t any private hatred in direction of a political occasion.
“You shouldn’t suppose so. We criticise the insurance policies of the BJP, not of particular person individuals…. So all our criticisms are principled.” Stalin additionally asserted that the DMK’s significance in nationwide politics has all the time been there.
“DMK has all the time been the occasion that performs a key position in who can turn out to be prime minister or president of the nation. DMK is now the third-largest occasion in Parliament. We have now all the time been essential in nationwide politics and can stay so.” Requested about his message for all opposition events for taking up the BJP in 2024, Stalin stated, “All events should realise that unity is energy. Everybody should come collectively to save lots of India.
“My plea is that if we need to protect India’s variety, federalism, democracy, secularism, equality, fraternity, state rights, training rights, we should all depart apart our particular person political mindsets and unite.” The inauguration of the DMK’s workplace right here on Saturday by Stalin noticed prime leaders from just about all main opposition events come collectively on one stage. They included Sonia Gandhi, P Chidambaram, Farooq Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav, Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, in addition to leaders from events such because the TMC, BJD, BJD and the TDP.
On the DMK’s alliance with the Congress, which has had an honest electoral illustration within the south, the DMK chief stated, “We didn’t work with Congress for any want. We work collectively on the idea of conceptual agreements.” “We have now mobilised all of the secular forces in Tamil Nadu and pushed them (BJP) to the sidelines. All of us (allies) proceed to have a coverage relationship, not simply throughout the election interval, however as events that share constituencies. That’s the basis of our success,” he stated.
“It’s my want that the Congress occasion ought to develop such principled friendship on the all-India degree. I stated this whereas placing my brother Rahul Gandhi on stage when he got here to marketing campaign in Tamil Nadu. I additionally urge the Congress occasion to concentrate on the formation of such groups in all states,” he added.
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