OPS meets PM amid political speculation, sings unity chorus
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.”