November 22, 2017
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Chennai: Now the simmering discontent within the ruling AIADMK combine of the two groups led by chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam came out into the open with a senior member of the latter’s camp posting the sentiments of the supporters of OPS, who were disgruntled after the merger between the two groups.
Rajya Sabha V Maitreyan on Wednesday said he had echoed the sentiments of the party cadres and the discontentment was not just his own as was being described in some sections of the ruling party. Dr Maitreyan, who was the first senior leader to join OPS when he revolved against Sasikala in February this year, said the office bearers of AIADMK were keeping away from party cadres belonging to the OPS camp.
“Months are rolling by but what about hearts,” Dr Maitreyan said indicating that all was not well within the merged entity, especially at a time when Sasikala faction led by TTV Dinakaran was launching an all out attack against the government and EPS-OPS combine.
Maitreyan also refused the statement of AIADMK leader and deputy Lok Sabha speaker M Thambidurai that “they were his own views”. The Rajya Sabha MP made it very clear that he was echoing the sentiments of the majority of the party cadres.
Although there were rumours of discontentment among the disgruntled elements in the OPS camp after the merger, this is for the first time that a senior leader had come out in writing on the issue that the TN government wants to sweep under the carpet.
Tamil Nadu fisheries minister D Jayakumar denied that there were any divisions within the party, but leaders of the OPS camp insist that merger had weakened their own political strength in the state.