Panneerselvam Meets PM Narendra Modi
New Delhi: While speculations were rife that merger of two warring factions of DMK would take place by August 15, leader of one faction of the party and former Chief Minister Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
Though Panneerselvam claimed that the meeting was just a courtesy call, rumours were thick that it was political. It is learnt that Selvam met the PM to discuss the hurdles he would face if the two factions of the party were merged.
He told media that they have updated the PM about the ongoing political crisis in Tamil Nadu. It may be recalled that the BJP and the ruling NDA have been putting pressure for a merger of the two factions.
Sources said that while Panneerselvam, was offered deputy chief minister post, he asked for Home and Public Works Department portfolios. The two powerful ministries are being held by the CM presently.
Though he was expelled from the party, the defiant TTV Dinakaran has announced a rally in Madurai later today and said that he would reveal many things about the current chief minister. This is keeping both factions of AIADMK on the edge.
While TTV Dinakaran claims the support of 16 MLAs, Panneerselvam is backed by 11 MLAs and E Palanisami has got the support of 123 MLAs. Just a majority of 118 MLAs is needed in the Assembly to form the government. If some of the MLAs who are with the EPS decide to jump into Dinakaran’s camp, then it is being said that merger would become inevitable.