While referring to the instance of the deputy chief minister voting against the chief minister in last year’s no-confidence motion, Dhinakaran remarked that Panneerselvam has a ‘tendency to betray’.
TTV Dinkaran, who was earlier an AIADMK leader, claimed that Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met him and told him he wished to become the chief minister. Dinakaran added that there was evidence to prove that their meeting was held.
The arrest comes three days after the Thiruvadanai MLA was booked under various criminal charges, including criminal intimidation and attempt to murder, in connection with the speech.
During the meeting, the AIADMK leader also discussed election strategies and said the party must stay strong to ensure the “consecutive assembly election victory by Jayalalithaa”.
Ahead of his visit to Sitharaman’s office, Panneerselvam told reporters in Delhi that he had come to personally thank Sitharaman for sending a defence-owned air ambulance during a medical emergency of his brother.
After the formal nod for the sport in January 2017 by the AIADMK government, ruling party leaders and legislators have often called Panneerselvam as ‘jallikattu nayagan’ to signify his efforts in facilitating the conduct of the sport.
His remarks come at a time when Panneerselevam’s credibility, which he gained for rebelling against Jayalalithaa’s close aide, Sasikala, is being questioned after joining Chief Minister Palaniswami’s cabinet.
O Panneerselvam assured that the renovation work of Vasanatharayar Mandapam would be taken up soon as per ‘Agama’ rules and restored according to the stipulations.
Panneerselvam, AIADMK coordinator, and Palaniswami, the co-coordinator, announced the expulsion of the 58 people in separate statements, signed by both of them.
AIADMK symbol row: The verdict is a setback to VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran, and will make deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) and his close aides insecure.
In fact, days after the merger of the EPS and OPS factions of the AIADMK, Thangamani had faced T T V Dinakaran’s wrath as the sidelined AIADMK leader removedThangamani from the post of the party’s Namakkal district secretary.
A few days ago, the Opposition had questioned the AIADMK on why Chief Minister E Palaniswami was not inaugurating the memorial. Palaniswami later clarified he had prior commitments and deputed Panneerselvam to lead today’s function
The 28,300 sq ft memorial has been built by the Public Works Department at a cost of Rs 2.80 crore at Adyar here in the Dravidian style of architecture.
Their act of voting against party’s whip was not condoned within 15 days, the petitioner said, contending that despite lapse of more than six months even notices had not been issued showing complete “malafide and partisan” behaviour of the speaker.
On Thursday morning, Justice M Duraiswamy asked the advocate general for instructions from the Speaker on the issue. Later, the government counsel submitted that the Speaker was not in a position to make any statement in court and that he was exercising his constitutional authority on the issue.