Prime Minister Modi is extremely well-liked in Tamil Nadu; AIADMK a wholesome alliance associate, says BJP State president
Reiterating that the BJP doesn’t endorse the creation of a Kongu Nadu by bifurcating western Tamil Nadu, the social gathering’s State president, Okay. Annamalai, has stated it stands for a “unified Tamil Nadu”. In an interview, he denied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unpopular within the State, and stated it will be a straight combat between the BJP and the DMK in 2026. Edited excerpts:
You stated the creation of a Kongu Nadu was not the BJP’s demand. Would this demand be revived sooner or later?
A celebration represents the aspirations of the individuals. The BJP (Tamil Nadu) represents the aspirations of the individuals of Tamil Nadu. As for Kongu Nadu, in case you have a look at the area, there was by no means a demand for a separate State from the individuals of the area. But it’s important to perceive Kongu Nadu was always a social id. There is nothing flawed in individuals utilizing the time period Kongu Nadu. You have to take a look at the context during which it was used — for seven [Union] Ministers, a social id was given: Bundelkand, Konkan Maharashtra, Purvanchal and Kongu Nadu. The Central authorities, particularly the Prime Minister’s Office solely used it as a social id. We have always stood for a unified Tamil Nadu. This query is rarely requested to different events. If there’s a individuals’s aspiration, I can react. When there’s no demand, why ought to I react?
You lately stated the BJP was concentrating on 150 Assembly seats in 2026. How are you planning to realize this?
Tamil Nadu politics is unfavourable proper now. It is now between the DMK and the BJP. Whatever politics the DMK is doing is towards [Prime Minister] Modi ji, the Central authorities and the BJP. They aren’t doing the rest [except saying] ‘We don’t need NEET, New Education Policy, three language system, we don’t need this, that…’ Naturally, the BJP as a social gathering is pressured to elucidate to the those that ‘NEET and the three-language formula is good for you. Nobody is imposing Hindi on Tamil Nadu’. When we make clear, defend and speak to the individuals, the general public say ‘okay…these guys are different’.
Can any atypical cadre within the DMK aspire to turn out to be a Minister as is the case in our social gathering? You have technology after technology of members of the family getting posts. Now there are three Chief Ministers — M.Okay. Stalin, Udhayanidhi Stalin and Mr. Stalin’s son-in-law. They are placing up Udhayanidhi’s picture subsequent to Periyar. Is this the social justice they’re speaking about?
In Tamil Nadu, now we have a communication challenge. We aren’t capable of totally convert the recognition of the Prime Minister into votes as a result of now we have structural points. We have booth-level points. We are sorting them out.
But there’s a notion that the Prime Minister is extremely unpopular within the State…
The Prime Minister is extremely well-liked. I don’t go by what a couple of reports channels challenge about him. I’m going by the views of the widespread individuals. When he [Modi] involves Coimbatore, why do two lakh individuals flip up? We will aggressively work to make sure that his reputation is transformed into votes. 2019 [Lok Sabha election] was a dangerous yr for the BJP in Tamil Nadu, as a result of when the entire nation was celebrating Modi ji’s management, they [DMK] had been capable of generate a synthetic negativity wave towards him, just by having three to 4 information channels. In the final two years, now we have executed a lot of floor work. I can confidently say that in 2026, we are going to kind the federal government.
You are saying it’s going to be the DMK vs the BJP. What concerning the AIADMK then?
The AIADMK is a superb pal. They are our alliance associate. They are within the opposition. We have mutual respect. The principal opposition is the AIADMK by way of numbers. But the combat is between the DMK and the BJP within the open house, as a result of it’s narrative politics at play. The DMK is attacking our schemes; it’s spreading lies about what the Prime Minister is doing. With all due respect to the AIADMK, our rules match, they’re our companions. But in narrative politics, you go to social media… what are they speaking about? They are speaking about whether or not they need the DMK or the BJP. So the combat is between each of us. The AIADMK and the BJP agree on rules — we assist the [abrogation of] Article 370, farm legal guidelines and [abolition of] triple talaq. They disagree with us on the three-language system, NEET… it’s a wholesome alliance. But it’s a straight combat between the DMK and the BJP.
Do you’re feeling V.Okay. Sasikala’s strikes may impression the AIADMK?
We are a accountable nationwide social gathering that goes by the construction and means of a social gathering. For the AIADMK, there’s a common council that has elected two leaders — OPS [O. Panneerselvam] and EPS [Edappadi K. Palaniswami]. Ms. Sasikala is a person. We don’t need to touch upon people in Tamil Nadu. It can also be purely their inside challenge. EPS has additionally executed a good job as Chief Minister. Purely, it was anti-incumbency, in any other case we might have received this election . We want properly for the AIADMK, it’s a wholesome alliance.
What do you’re feeling concerning the HR&CE Department’s efforts in direction of retrieving temple lands and renovating temples?
Whatever lands had been taken from them [temples] throughout 2001-11 when the DMK was in energy, they [DMK] are giving it again. I want them good luck. People is not going to go by this drama. People know the character of the DMK, how [DMK] individuals on the native degree behave. The appeasement politics of the DMK and doing this stuff right here and there is not going to work.
The DMK’s utilization of the phrase ‘Ondriya arasu’ [Union government] appears to be irking your social gathering. Why?
If you might be translating ‘Ondriya arasu’ because the Union authorities, I’m effective with it. But they [DMK] aren’t translating it. If you have a look at the context during which different Ministers discuss it, I don’t agree with it. The Finance Minister talks about how completely different States want illustration within the GST Council primarily based on the [geographic] space it covers. Then have a look at the context of them saying ‘Tamil Nadu is finally free from the clutches of the Centre’. That is why we object to the utilization of ‘Ondriya arasu’. If the Chief Minister [Mr. Stalin] clarifies tomorrow that ‘we are only translating’, we don’t have a problem. Then the DMK IT wing shared a publish of Annadurai [talking] about Dravidian nadu. It is on this context that we’re opposing it.
What will the stand of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit be on the Mekedatu challenge, if the Union authorities, sooner or later, permits Karnataka to assemble the dam?
In 2017, when the problem cropped up, the Supreme Court struck it down saying that with out the consent of the decrease riparian States, no person can assemble a dam. The Union Water Resources Ministry has made it very clear that the dam is not going to be constructed. Karnataka can select to do politics, although there’s a BJP authorities there. The Tamil Nadu BJP is towards the dam.
You stated in 2020 that the variety of rural college students who bought into medical programs in Tamil Nadu was resulting from NEET, in comparison with the earlier years. But isn’t that additionally due to the 7.5% reservation applied final yr?
Between 2006 and 2016, in the course of the pre-NEET years, the common variety of Tamil-medium rural college students getting medical admissions was 19 a yr. During 2016-18, we had a drawback resulting from translation points [in the question papers]. The yr 2020 was perfect as a result of Tamil Nadu went for syllabus revision. [Even] Without the 7.5% reservation, it was higher than 19 seats. Let the [Justice] A.Okay. Rajan Committee not interact in a selective studying of the information, which is what it did utilizing the information from 2016, 2017 and 2018. All the consultants agree that in 2020, the syllabus is there [for NEET]. Students from Tamil Nadu figured within the prime 10; 50% of Tamil-medium college students who took NEET handed the examination — the best in its historical past.