Chennai: Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam’s brother O. Raja, who was removed from AIADMK last week, “for having acted against the party’s principles and ideologies, and for bringing disrepute to the party,” has rejoined after expressing regret, reported ANI on Monday. (Also read: Alagiri Ends Rally at Karunanidhi Memorial, Says 1 L People Allowed Him, How Many Will DMK Suspend)
A statement signed by the state Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Panneerselvam said the latter’s brother Raja brought disrepute to the party. The statement read that Raja has acted against the party’s principles and ideologies.
The move came on a day when Raja was elected to head a milk cooperative.
Earlier, ruling out any fissures between him and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Panneerselvam said not even a tsunami could create problems between them.
Charging the Opposition parties with trying to drive a wedge between him and Palaniswami, Panneerselvam said any such attempts from “within and outside” would not fructify.
Panneerselvam is AIADMK coordinator while Palaniswami the joint coordinator. “Even if a tsunami strikes, the opposition parties cannot create a problem between us. We are determined and treading the path of ideals laid down by MGR and Amma,” he said.
AIADMK founder, former chief minister MG Ramachandran is addressed as MGR while his protege and former CM J Jayalalithaa is Amma (mother) for the party supporters.
Panneerselvam’s assertion comes weeks after his rival and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam founder TTV Dhinakran made a sensational disclosure that former chief minister Panneerselvam wanted to oust the Palaniswami government with his assistance and had therefore met him last year.