Former AIADMK leader Maitreyan joins BJP
Former Rajya Sabha member V Maitreyan, who was expelled from the AIADMK last year, joined the BJP on Friday, expressing confidence that the “lotus” will bloom in Tamil Nadu in 2024 and 2026, when Lok Sabha and assembly polls are due respectively.
Maitreyan was in the BJP before joining the AIADMK more than two decades ago and was considered a close aide to its leader J Jayalalithaa who sent him to Rajya Sabha thrice.
However, Edappadi K Palaniswami, who has taken firm control of the AIADMK after her death, expelled him for “anti-party activities” last year.
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Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modis leadership, Maitreyan told reporters at the BJP headquarters that he is not merely a name but the “mission and vision” of a resurgent India which is making rapid strides in different fields.
“The lotus (BJPs poll symbol) will bloom in Tamil Nadu in 2024 and 2026,” Maitreyan said. He joined the party in the presence of its national general secretaries Arun Singh and C T Ravi.
With the BJPs ties with the AIADMK seen to be far from smooth despite Palaniswamis assertions that their alliance continues, Ravi said his party has been playing the role of a real opposition in the state even though it has only four MLAs. It is fighting the DMK government over peoples issues, he said.
Singh said the BJP has been expanding with people impressed with Modis leadership joining it. “Modi supporters” have turned into “Modi bhakts” (devotees to Modi) as people ranging from farmers to the poor see him as messiah, he claimed.
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