Paneerselvam meets Modi, discusses Tamil Nadu

The tweet came a day after Panneerselvam, the leader of Puratchi Thalami (Amma) faction of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The AIADMK party has sought President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention into the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalitha and also requested a judicial probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"We have requested the EC to restrain the Sasikala faction from using the office and mouthpiece till the issues between the two factions are solved", the leader said.

The tweet, however, was later removed with the faction clarifying that it will decide on the tie-up with "any party" only after the local body poll dates were declared. "We mean that only after the announcement of local body elections, we will think about the alliance with any political party", he said.

Accusations were made against Panneerselvam that he was action at the behest of the BJP, which wants capitalise on the vacuum created by AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa's demise.

The popular view in Tamil Nadu's political circles is that the BJP and Rajini will not make any official announcements till next month's Presidential Elections.

In the meanwhile, those who are handling Mr Panneerselvam's social media have been asked to be careful and discuss with him before coming out with important messages.

"Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami does not have the courage to hold elections to the local bodies. They are only concentrating on how to survive rather than working on development for the state", said Maitreyan.

  • Salvatore Jensen