GK Vasan-led Tamil Maanila Congress firms up alliance with BJP for 2024 Lok Sabha polls

Vasan's announcement marks the first official tie-up the BJP has managed to forge in Tamil Nadu ahead of the polls.
Tamil Maanila Congress chief G K Vasan with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament House on March 21, 2022.
Tamil Maanila Congress chief G K Vasan with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament House on March 21, 2022.File Photo

CHENNAI: Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) led by GK Vasan on Monday announced that the party will join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the BJP to face the Lok Sabha elections. While the party, which was in the AIADMK-led alliance in the 2021 Assembly elections, has been maintaining good relations with the AIADMK leaders, it has now decided to join the NDA.

"Tamil Maanila Congress, as part of NDA will face the coming elections under BJP's leadership," he said.

Announcing this at a press conference here, Vasan said BJP's national leaders spoke to him over the telephone on Sunday morning. Later, on Sunday night Arvind Menon, BJP national secretary and the party in-charge of the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu called on him and discussed the political scenario in the State. The discussions lasted for around 30 minutes.

Stating that Menon invited him, he will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public meeting at Palladam in Tirupur district on February 27.

Vasan said though the TMC is a regional party, it has always been functioning with a national outlook. "The decision to join the NDA has been taken after due consultations with the party office bearers and in the interest of the party as well as the people of Tamil Nadu," he added.

Edappadi K Palaniswami-headed AIADMK had announced severing ties with the BJP in September 2023.

Pointing out that the BJP was elected by the people to rule the country for two consecutive terms, Vasan said that people realised that another term under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead to economic prosperity and reduction in poverty as BJP would ensure the welfare measures for the poor and downtrodden to reach them properly.

India would become the third-largest economy in the world, he added.

Vasan also charged that the activities of the DMK government have earned the wrath of the people.

Asked about the number of seats to be contested by the TMC in the Lok Sabha elections, Vasan said, "What took place yesterday was preliminary talks. We wish that the BJP-led alliance should strengthen. The people will weigh what about the alliance which does not have a Prime Minister candidate on one side and the other side, a Prime Minister who ruled the country for 10 years and is seeking vote for the third time."

Questioned about the speculations that the TMC would be contesting in the BJP symbol in the Lok Sabha elections, Vasan said, "These are baseless rumours. Our legal experts are trying to get the bicycle symbol for us. Our cadres like this symbol."

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