AIADMK team meets Ra­j­nath

Will not con­test Dhi­nakaran’s pe­ti­tion to EC now: Maitreyan

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Sob­hana K. Nair

Main­tain­ing that the se­ries of meet­ings that had been held over the last two days in Delhi were purely meant to en­sure bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the Cen­tre and the State, an AIADMK del­e­ga­tion con­sist­ing of Tamil Nadu Min­is­ters P. Thanga­mani, D. Jayaku­mar and C. Ve. Shan­mugam along with Deputy Speaker M. Tham­bidu­rai and Ra­jya Sabha MP V. Maitreyan on Wed­nes­day met Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh.

“We are meet­ing the Union Min­is­ters to main­tain a friendly re­la­tion­ship with the Cen­tre and seek ac­tion on the pend­ing funds and projects,” Mr. Tham­bidu­rai, who headed the del­e­ga­tion, said. Later in the day, the del­e­ga­tion was clos­eted for hours with le­gal ex­perts. For now, the newly merged AIADMK (Amma) and AIADMK (Pu­ratchi Tha­laivi Amma) fac­tions has de­cided not to move the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion against the pe­ti­tion filed yes­ter­day by the fac­tion headed by T.T.V. Dhi­nakaran.

“The ball is in Elec­tion Com­mis­sion’s court. We are pre­pared to an­swer all ques­tions and if they do ask us we will re­ply,” Mr. Maitreyan told The Hindu.

Delhi is abuzz with spec­u­la­tion that Mr. Tham­bidu­rai and Mr. Maitreyan will be ac­com­mo­dated in Union Cab­i­net in the up­com­ing reshuf­fle.

How­ever, Mr. Maitreyan said: “We are not join­ing the gov­ern­ment. We are not part of the NDA, and for now, it will re­main this way.”

When asked if it is a de­lib­er­ate de­ci­sion to main­tain a dis­tance be­tween the BJP and the AIADMK, Mr. Maitreyan said, “Let us put our house in or­der first,” he said.

Ra­j­nath Singh

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