Owaisi Partners AMMK, Debunks Charge of Being BJP’s ‘B Team’

Owaisi Partners AMMK, Debunks Charge of Being BJP’s ‘B Team’

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has belied the taunts it has faced over the years for ‘splitting the anti-BJP votes’ while fighting elections in states like Maharashtra and Bihar.

By joining hands with TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) in Tamil Nadu, AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has shown that he is interested in denting the BJP’s well crafted election calculations in the state.

The AMMK’s alliance with AIMIM ends all hopes of reconciliation between Dhinakaran and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

AIADMK-BJP-AMMK Triangle

The BJP is an alliance partner of the AIADMK, the party of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. After seat-sharing talks, BJP was awarded 20 seats to contest in the state’s Assembly.

Meanwhile, the AIADMK has been wary of AMMK, which was founded in 2017 by Dhinakaran, a former MP of the party. Dhinakaran along with his aunt VK Sasikala, a former close aide of Jayalalithaa, had founded the party as an affront to AIADMK, after Sasikala’s removal from the post of AIADMK general secretary. Her ouster was orchestrated by senior AIADMK leaders including Edappadi K Palaniswamy and O Panneerselvam. Palaniswamy is the present Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Sasikala and Dhinakaran are both Thevar, a dominant caste in Tamil Nadu. The Thevar votes which have been traditionally going to the AIADMK were expected to swing in favour of AMMK.

However, on 3 March, Sasikala, who has been the backbone of the AMMK, announced her retirement from political life. She even requested her followers to support the AIADMK. This was considered a BJP ploy because the national leadership of the party wanted the “AIADMK family” to come together. According to BJP’s leaders in Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK alliance “should not have been weakened by ‘DMK factions'”.

News Source: The Quint

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