Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has today tried to put to rest that doubts from certain quarters whether BJP was behind the revolt by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Pannerselvam against AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan and said that his party has nothing to do internal conflict within the ruling party in the state.
Speaking to reporters today, he said that neither the Centre’s or the BJP has any role in the “internal matters” of the AIADMK. Last night, after meeting his predecessor’s grave O Panneerselvam had said that he was forced to step down as the CM, creating a flutter within the political circle in the state. Later night he was also dismissed as the party’s treasurer in a suddenly called meeting by Sasikala Natarajan.
Earlier today, he had also brushed aside the charge of being backed by the DMK and said that an interim general secretary cannot dismiss him from the any post. While, speaking to Thanthi TV, he had said that Sasikala was elected as interim General Secretary in the interest of the party.
He further said a permanent General Secretary can only be elected only by all the party members. When asked whether he would stake claim to form the government as Chief Minister Panneerselvam said: “Wait and see.”
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In the meantime, Sasikala also said all the party MLAs were united as a single family. She also accused DMK of being behind Panneerselvam’s action giving an example of “smile” shared between Paneerselvam and DMK’s Working President M.K. Stalin in the state Assembly. Dismissing charge that he was forced to resign, she said he was prompted by DMK to level the charges.
With inputs from PTI.