All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), faction leader and former Tamil Nadu (TN) Chief Minister (CM), O Panneerselvam said the split that the AIADMK party suffered is only temporary.
Panneerselvam hinted that, the gap between the two factions, the AIADMK and the rival TTV Dhinakaran led faction, may come together, once the results of the upcoming by-election results of the Chennai’s RK Nagar, are announced.
The former CM said that, despite the “unusual circumstance”, of 122 AIADMK MLAs, staying with AIADMK faction, managed by the nephew of V.K. Sasikala, TTV Dhinakaran, Paneerselvam believed that “they will listen to their inner voice, and take a good decision after the R.K. Nagar election.
Paneerselvam further claimed, that his only focus, was to meet the socio-economic needs of Tamil Nadu, through the “AIADMK movement,” as developed by former Chief Ministers, M.G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa.
Paneerselvam, also stated that he did not discuss any alliance prospects in his meeting with the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, when he met the latter in January.
Mr. Paneerselvam, also disproved allegations of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Working President, MK Stalin. Stalin alleged Paneerselvam, of having links with sand mining baron Sekhar Reddy, who is now in prison.
Also, the former CM, attributed his own view on the former Chief Secretary, Rama Mohana Rao, for not receiving, any indication from Income Tax Authorities, that Mr. Rao, had committed any crime.
In the previous month, the Election Commission, had assigned separate party names and symbols, to the two factions of the AIADMK, effectively splitting the party.
TTV Dinakaran got the “hat” symbol, the Panneerselvam faction was given the “electric pole” symbol. Subsequently, during campaigning in late CM Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar constituency, both the factions, accused each other, of misreporting their respective symbols as the “Two Leaves” symbol of the AIADMK.