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Coimbatore

Namadu MGR parroting Sasikala line

Covai Post Network

The magazine that Jayalalithaa found today blacks out TN govt, ministers and CM from coverage

Chennai: Interesting political moves are taking place in the ruling AIADMK dispensation with a growing schism in the party with the ruling party mouth piece Namadu MGR completely blacking out the government, ministers and chief ministers from its coverage. Started by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the party organ is now fully owned by Sasikala as the sole owner of Jaya Publications that brings out the magazine.

Not only the magazine begun boycotting the government and blacks out its news, it has also begun criticising the central government, in an apparent bid to show its displeasure very clear. In the whole recent political developments, whether on presidential candidate or vice presidential candidate, the prime minister and the central government representatives and BJP leaders dealt directly with Edapaddi Palanisami and former chief minister O Panneerselvam.

Neither Sasikala nor her nehphew TTV Dinakaran, now out on bail in the EC bribery case, were consulted by either the TN government representatives or the central government points men. Actually, Dinakaran gave an impression that the AIADMK was supporting the NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind for president’s post on the advice of Sasikala, But this is farther from truth, said AIADMK sources point out that EPS had begun drifting the moment Sasikala was shifted to jail after her conviction and since then distanced himself from the TTV Dinakaran faction of the party.

After the Namadu MGR attacked the BJP, the AIADMK officially distanced itself from the magazine.

State finance minister D Jayakumar denied that Namadu MGR was official organ of the party or the government.

He also pointed out the AIADMK MLAs support to Kovind was announced by chief minister, whom the PM called requesting support. It clearly denies suggestions made by the magazine that it was Sasikala who asked the MLAs to back the BJP president candidate.

A staunch loyalist of Dinakaran, Nanjil Sampath denied that the magazine was ignoring the government or its representatives.

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