After breaking ties with BJP, Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party chief Edappadi K Palaniswami has said the decision was "final" and that it was not his decision alone, but that of two crore party workers.
"Two crore party workers shared their sentiments in a consultative meeting. It was on that basis that AIADMK took the decision to exit the NDA," NDTV report quoted him as having said.
"This is not my decision as the party's general secretary. This is a decision of the AIADMK cadre. When a resolution is adopted, that is final," he said, the report mentioned.
"We were forced to support issues we don't agree due to alliance dharma. Now we face no such situation,"he added as per the report.
Palaniswami said the focus is to fight for the rights of the people of Tamil Nadu, the report mentioned.
"A few people are asking who is our Prime Minister candidate. In 2019, did Odisha CM, West Bengal CM, Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, did they face election by projecting their PM candidates? The way they faced elections to protect the state's rights, AIADMK will also protect Tamil Nadu people's rights. We will meet people and will ask for their votes. People are our masters," he said, the report mentioned.
The AIADMK leader said the party will raise the voice of Tamil Nadu people in Parliament, the report mentioned.
"We won on the votes of people from Tamil Nadu. In Parliament, we will be their voice. This is our ideology. In some way, if minority communities like Muslims and Christians face any problem, AIADMK will be the party that will give voice to them," Palaniswami said, the report mentioned.
The AIADMK last month ended its alliance with BJP amid a face-off over remarks by state BJP president K Annamalai.