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Two days after DMK MP A Raja urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to force his party to demand a 'separate Tamil Nadu', BJP leader Nainar Nagendran said the state would be divided if needed.

The BJP leader Nainar Nagendran claimed that if Raja could ask for a separate state, he too could wish for division of the state.

“A Raja is asking for a separate state. If A Raja has such a wish, why can’t Nainar Nagendran have the wish to divide Tamil Nadu? There are 234 constituencies here. Let’s divide it into 117 + 117. We will become Chief Ministers in the south and north. It will be Pandiya Nadu and Pallava Nadu. Don’t think we can't do it. We are in a place where we can do it. If our PM Modi thinks, it shall be done,” said Nayinar Nagendran.

Raja had made the statement on Sunday with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on stage. Many from the Opposition



slammed his statement for promoting separatist sentiments. Speaking at an event for local body workers of the DMK in Namakkal, Raja had said, “I urge the Centre to grant us autonomy. We shall not stop our fight until Tamil Nadu gets state autonomy."

Reacting to Nagendran’s speech, DMK leader TKS Elongovan accused the BJP of being drunk with power.

“This is not retaliation for what Raja has said. The division of state should be based on the people’s demands. This only shows that they have power that they can misuse or abuse. This shows the mindset of the BJP,” said Elangovan.

“Seeking a separate nation was never DMK's policy. Instead, states should be given more powers. How can they say of dividing Tamil Nadu into two parts? If it is divided at all, then it'll be DMK that will have two CMs. BJP's Nainar Nagendran can't even be an MLA,” Elangovan said.
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