Chennai, Mar 6 (BPNS)
A day after the BJP IT cell state chief CTR Nirmal Kumar resigned from the BJP and joined the AIADMK, party IT wing state secretary, Dilip Kannan quit the primary membership of the party.
Dilip Kannan has blamed party state president, K. Annamalai the reason behind his quitting the party.
The BJP leader who was in charge of the IT cell in the party’s strong hold in the Kanniyakumari district announced his resignation from the party through social media platforms. In a twitter post he said, “ With a heavy heart I am leaving the BJP”.
It may be noted that the BJP IT cell chief, CTR Nirmal Kumar on resigning from the saffron party on Sunday has joined the AIADMK in the presence of party interim general secretary and former Chief Minister, Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS).
The resignation of Dilip Kannan close on the heels of the resignation of Nirmal Kumar has led to the saffron party turning into defensive with no senior leaders not responding to the questions posed by the media.
However the decision of the AIADMK to accommodate CTR Nirmal Kumar into the party has led to a war of words between the supporters of the two parties.
Amar Prasad Reddy who is the state in charge of the Sports and Skill development of the Tamil Nadu BJP and a close aide of Annamalai in a tweet said, “ AIADMK being an alliance partner should not have done this “. He also added that under the leadership of Annamalai the BJP would form the government in Tamil Nadu.
The AIADMK hit out against Amar Prasad Reddy’s statement and mocked at him for speaking the alliance dharma.
Meanwhile former BJP leader and actor Gayatri Raghuram who has quit the BJP a couple of months before has also joined the issue. In a twitter post, she said, “ Annamalai was asked to reach grass roots to grow BJP in Tamil Nadu. Instead Annamalai is cutting off BJP roots in the state.TN BJP doesn’t need DMK, MDMK, VCK, CPI, INC or NTK. Annamalai is good enough to finish BJP in Tamil Nadu.”
It may be recalled that Gayatri Raghuram who was a movie actor and anchor had resigned from the party after coming out against Annamalai and his style of functioning.
DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Tiruchi Siva’s son ,Tiruchi Soorya had joined the BJP and was in charge of the OBC morcha of the party. However he had also quit the party after coming out against Annamalai.
A senior BJP leader of Tamil Nadu who does not want to be named while speaking to IANS said, “ The BJP has been getting the support of the Brahmin community from time immemorial. This was the base of the Tamil Nadu BJP. Till L .Murugan was at the helm the growth of the party was organic and was in the right direction. When Annamalai came to head the BJP, he thought that the BJP could be changed overnight and tried to impose his dictatorial attitude in the party, which was not well accepted by the old war horses.”
The leader said that if Annamalai does not change his attitude towards the state BJP, the party will have be going down the drain.