Panneerselvam reveals Narendra Modi’s role in saving AIADMK from breaking up

O Panneerselvam, the deputy CM of Tamil Nadu has revealed that it was based on PM Narendra Modi’s advice that he had merged his faction with Edappadi K. Palaniswami’s last year to save the AIADMK party.

Popularly known as OPS, Panneerselvam, the former TN CM spilled the beans on Friday during a party office-bearers meet at Theni. OPS revealed that Narendra Modi had advised him to break the ice with the Palaniswami faction during a courtesy meeting with the Prime Minister last year in New Delhi.

OPS recalled that Narendra Modi told him that AIADMK could be saved with the merger of the two factions while not disclosing when the conversation happened exactly.

What we know is that the merger of the two factions followed in August 2017, solving a potential crisis that could break the AIADMK and leave the door open for a DMK comeback.

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The AIADMK had been crippled with power struggle since the party supremo and the then sitting CM Jayalalitha’s death. Jayalalitha’s aide Sasikala Natarajan came close to grabbing the CM chair but at the last moment her plans were foiled following a court order to jail her in the disproportionate assets case.

OPS claims that he told Narendra Modi that he did not desire any cabinet position in the Palaniswami government and that he would be fine with any party post.

However, OPS says that it was PM Modi who asked him to join the cabinet, and which was why he is now a minister.

Panneerselvam told the gathering that he was content of becoming MLA four times and twice as Tamil Nadu CM thanks to the late Jayalalithaa.

The BJP has not commented on the latest revelations from OPS that Narendra Modi had a role in the merger of the AIADMK factions. If Modi did have a role then, it appears that the BJP would be happy to ally with the AIADMK in future elections rather than going alone.

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