Edappadi K Palaniswami, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week in Delhi, sources have told Indian Express. The meeting between the Prime Minister and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister would take place amidst a fresh revolt brewing in the already faction-hit AIADMK, as eight MLAs are demanding an urgent meeting of MLAs as well as ministerial posts, according to an Indian Express report.
The revolt may have made CM Palaniswami’s camp nervous as there is still no certainty about how many MLAs support the ruling faction, while the merger of the two AIADMK factions continues to be delayed over the post of the Chief Minister.
According to a source, a former Tamil Nadu Cabinet Minister Senthil Balaji along with P Palaniappan met Chief Minister Palaniswami and raised a demand for an immediate reshuffle in the state cabinet to accommodate them. The duo according to the Indian Express had fallen out of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s favour. A source told the Indian Express that Balaji was instrumental in retaining MLAs in favour of Sasikala faction after Jayalalithaa’s death.
According to an Indian Express report, DMK’s working President MK Stalin had hit out at the Prime Minister, asking how PM could take out time for TN CM but not for Tamil farmers protesting in the national capital. Stalin said that he as the leader of opposition in the state assembly had chaired a meeting over the plight of Tamil farmers, in that meet a resolution was passed to appraise the PM about the decisions taken in the meeting, according to an Indian Express report.