Though there are no pointers on the contours of the NDA-II Cabinet, there is a chance of the AIADMK getting a berth in the council of ministers, Tamil Nadu Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur C Raju said in Chennai on Wednesday.
BJP sources meanwhile, said the names of Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s son P Raveendranath Kumar and Rajya Sabha member R Vaithilingam find place in the “list of probables.”
Raju, answering a question from reporters in Chennai, said: “There is a chance for it (AIADMK getting a berth in the Cabinet) since they (BJP) had said coalition partners will be accommodated (in the Council of Ministers).”
In the event of AIADMK getting a berth, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Panneerselvam will take a decision on its representative after talking with BJP leaders when they go to Delhi, the Minister said.
He said there were, however, no indications on the broad contours of the NDA-II Cabinet.
While Kumar was the lone AIADMK-NDA victor from Tamil Nadu winning from Theni in the Lok Sabha elections, Vaithilingam was the Housing Minister during late J Jayalalithaa’s tenure during 2011-16 and a party strongman from Thanjavur District.
The AIADMK has 13 members, including Vaithilingam, in the Rajya Sabha.
BJP sources told PTI that it has been conveyed to the party’s top brass that cadres wished to see at least “one BJP leader from Tamil Nadu,” in the Union Cabinet.
“Nothing is in our hands. It is the Prime Minister who decides on who will be in the Cabinet,” a senior state BJP leader said.
Notwithstanding the number of seats the party won in the Lok Sabha polls, the AIADMK will work to secure the rights of Tamil Nadu people through the Central government, Raju said.
“The BJP today does not need any numbers. They have an absolute majority. We are, however, part of the (NDA) alliance and on that basis we will work to secure the rights of the people through the Centre,” he said.
Mocking the DMK, Raju said the MK Stalin-led party which “stages walkouts in the State Assembly may reprise it in the Parliament as well and they cannot go beyond that.”
It is the AIADMK which will work for Tamil Nadu people and secure the people’s rights, he added.
On May 22, Panneerselvam had said AIADMK will take a decision on joining the government at the Centre after declaration of results.