Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that the absence of Jayalalithaa in the Tami Nadu state’s political landscape offers a great opportunity to BJP.
“Earlier, Madam, with her towering personality and influence, was persuasive. And, she was taking away the votes of some of our sympathisers also. Because, between the DMK and the AIADMK, people use to think the AIADMK is better. Because the AIADMK is nationalist, etc. Earlier, some BJP sympathisers used to vote for the AIADMK. Now, such a situation is not there,” Naidu was quoted by The Hindu as saying.
Naidu also refuted the allegation of his involvement in the selection of O Paneerselvam as Tamil Nadu CM. “Who am I to propose a name? It was the AIADMK MLAs who proposed the name,” he told The Hindu.
“Even Mr. Paneerselvam was selected Chief Minister by madam herself earlier. It was her selection. Now, it is an election by the AIADMK people,” he added.
Naidu added that new CM should be given sufficient time to function before he is judged.