Tamil Nadu: Former DMK MP, 15 former MLAs join BJP ahead of Lok Sabha elections

Tamil Nadu: The BJP state president hailed the occasion as unprecedented in Tamil Nadu politics. He highlighted the diverse political experiences of the newcomers, some of whom had been active in politics for over five decades.

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Tamil Nadu: Former Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP and 15 former Tamil Nadu MLAs made a political shift on Wednesday by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The move is expected to strengthen the saffron party's presence in the state.

Among the new entrants were ex-legislators from various political backgrounds, including the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), DMK, Congress, and the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK).

The joining ceremony took place in the presence of Union ministers Rajeev Chandrasekhar and L Murugan, along with Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai.

What does it mean for BJP?

The BJP state president hailed the occasion as unprecedented in Tamil Nadu politics. He highlighted the diverse political experiences of the newcomers, some of whom had been active in politics for over five decades.

Annamalai said, "Some of them have been in politics for the last 50 years; some were in political parties when they were founded in Tamil Nadu."

Furthermore, he said, "Today, they have all come to the headquarters in New Delhi to join the BJP and take the blessings of party president J P Nadda. This is the first time in Tamil Nadu that 16 people at one time have joined the party."

Full list of MLAs:

The former AIADMK MLAs who switched allegiance to the BJP included notable figures: K Vadivel from Karur, Challenger Duraisamy from Coimbatore, and Gomathi Srinivasan, a three-time MLA and former minister. From the DMK, former Chidambaram MP V Kulandaivelu and ex-MLA S Gurunathan joined the BJP, along with other prominent leaders from different parties.

After receiving their BJP membership cards from Chandrasekhar, the new members enthusiastically chanted slogans like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and 'Modiji Zindabad'.

Annamalai highlights BJP's stance on alliance

During the event, Annamalai emphasized the significance of the leaders' decision to unite under the BJP banner, citing their collective aim to strengthen PM Modi's leadership.

Addressing inquiries about potential alliances, Annamalai referenced Union Home Minister Amit Shah's recent statement about keeping all options open for collaboration. He reiterated the BJP's commitment to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and PM Modi's leadership while suggesting that discussions with various parties were ongoing.

How will it affect the political standing of BJP in Tamil Nadu?

As political dynamics continue to evolve in Tamil Nadu, the BJP's latest recruitment drive is an effort to expand its footprint in the state and potentially reshape its political landscape ahead of upcoming elections.