The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its partner, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), will not be getting married next month.
“BJP is in the election, we will not get married,” AIADMK chief Mohan Bhagwat told reporters on Saturday.
“We are the only party that has taken up this issue.
We have no option but to continue to work on this issue.”
The party is the largest party in the state, and it will contest the Lok Sabha elections on October 16.
BJP president Amit Shah has already been criticised by the AIADK over his alleged reluctance to take a stand on the issue.
“I have not given any response to any issue.
I don’t know whether I will even attend the party’s meeting tomorrow.
We will meet tomorrow.
But I am not going to discuss any issue on social media,” Shah said on Sunday.
AIADM leaders said that Shah’s refusal to take up the issue has led to the party falling behind the opposition.
“In the last two years, we have been working on this matter with a lot of efforts, we took it to the Supreme Court.
We filed a case.
We took it up in the Assembly.
Now we are getting nowhere,” said Raghunath Mishra, an AIADML leader.
“This issue has taken on a life of its own and we have become isolated from the political scene.
The party has lost its credibility.
It is like a family in crisis.
It cannot even get a seat in the parliament.”
Biju Jani, the BJP state president, also said the party was not in a position to decide on a decision on the wedding.
“When the government decides on a wedding date, the wedding date has to be decided. If we don�t take it up, the date will be decided by the government,” he said.
“If the government does not allow us to take it to a court, we would have to go to the apex court.
This is a difficult decision for us,” he added.
The BJP, in the last five years, has faced criticism over its handling of the issue of the wedding of its candidate for the Lokayukta, Sushma Swaraj.
On Friday, a video surfaced showing Swarivans’ daughter in a bikini, a move that was condemned by the opposition and the Opposition.