OPS meets PM amid po­lit­i­cal spec­u­la­tion, sings unity cho­rus

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @ Chen­nai

DEPUTY Chief Min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam on Thurs­day met Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in New Delhi amidst spec­u­la­tion as he left be­hind Elec­tric­ity Min­is­ter P Thanga­mani who was also in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

How­ever, Pan­neer­sel­vam scotched ru­mours that he had dif­fer­ences with Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami and as­serted they were work­ing to­gether.

The meet­ing between Pan­neer­sel­vam and the Prime Min­is­ter lasted about 30 min­utes. Later in the day, Pan­neer­sel­vam along with Thanga­mani met Union Min­is­ter of State for Power R K Singh, on al­lo­ca­tion of coal to Tamil Nadu.

“The CM is tak­ing de­ci­sions af­ter con­sult­ing all min­is­ters, in­clud­ing me. There is not even an iota of truth in the ru­mours that I and my sup­port­ers are be­ing side­lined,” Pan­neer­sel­vam said an­swer­ing newsper­sons ques­tions in Delhi.

Asked about ru­mours he was not happy with Palaniswami and only in this con­nec­tion, he had met the Prime Min­is­ter, he replied: “You have not un­der­stood the pre­vail­ing po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Tamil

Nadu. My­self and Palaniswami are work­ing to­gether on the path shown by late lead­ers M G Ra­machan­dran and J Jay­alalithaa.”

To a ques­tion on re­ports he was not given due recog­ni­tion by Palaniswami and only to vent his feel­ings he had met

Modi, he cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied it, say­ing: “Ei­ther I or the chief min­is­ter will not be a cause of worry for any­one. It all de­pends on the way how you per­ceive it.”

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion, he said: “Only be­cause the ‘Dharma Yud­dham’ came to an end, both fac­tions of the party had merged. There won’t be any split in AIADMK in the fu­ture.”

Asked if the fac­tion led by TT V Dhi­nakaran would be merged with AIADMK, he said, “Here­after, only those who work for the party from the grass­roots level will be given im­por­tance.”

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