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Video of Amit Shah reprimanding Tamilisai Soundararajan sparks controversy (WATCH)

The brief exchange, captured on camera, shows Tamilisai greeting Amit Shah before he calls her back and engages in what appears to be a serious discussion. Social media users are abuzz with questions about the nature of their conversation.

Video of Amit Shah reprimanding Tamilisai Soundararajan sparks controversy (WATCH) AJR
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First Published Jun 12, 2024, 4:33 PM IST

A video clip showing Home Minister Amit Shah seemingly reprimanding BJP leader and former Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan at the swearing-in ceremony of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has ignited controversy and speculation on social media.

The brief exchange, captured on camera, shows Tamilisai greeting Amit Shah before he calls her back and engages in what appears to be a serious discussion. Social media users are abuzz with questions about the nature of their conversation.

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Some have linked the incident to infighting within the Tamil Nadu BJP, particularly between supporters of state president K Annamalai and Tamilisai Soundararajan.

The controversy has drawn attention from the DMK, the ruling party in Tamil Nadu. DMK spokesperson Saravanan Annadurai took to X, saying, "What kind of politics is this? Is it polite to publicly reprimand a prominent female politician from Tamil Nadu? Amit Shah should know that everyone will see this. A very wrong example!"

The underlying issue seems to be a rumored rift between Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai and Tamilisai Soundararajan following the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu.

The controversy began after the BJP drew a blank in the Lok Sabha polls in the state, with party functionaries reportedly blaming Annamalai for the loss. They believe that Annamalai's approach led to the AIADMK breaking ties with the BJP, resulting in significant losses for the party.

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AIADMK leader and former state minister SP Velumani blamed Annamalai for the party's split with the BJP ahead of the high-stakes polls. Tamilisai, who fought and lost the Chennai South seat, also supported the view that the BJP-AIADMK front could have won up to 35 seats if the alliance had continued.

She also criticized Annamalai over the poll debacle in a recent interview, which did not sit well with Annamalai's supporters. This led to an online confrontation between supporters of both leaders, further intensifying the controversy on social media.

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