Ever since Amit Shah’s July 9 visit to the State, during which he confirmed that an alliance will be formed ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP has remained in the dark about the nature of the party’s relationship with the AIADMK.

On a couple of occasions since then, the central leadership of the party has chosen to deal with AIADMK leaders without obtaining inputs from Tamil Nadu-based BJP leaders.

Even senior party leaders in the State were caught off-guard on Monday evening by the news of Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam’s scheduled meeting with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “I have no idea what is happening. I am watching television news for updates,” said a BJP leader. After the meeting did not take place on Tuesday, BJP leaders in T.N. had to rely on information trickling down from the top. “From what I heard, Dr. Maitreyan was givena 2 p.m. appointment. However, at 1 p.m., Mr. Panneerselvam said he had thanked the Minister. Because of the confusion, a tweet was sent out to clarify [what happened],”said K.T. Raghavan,BJP State secretary.

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