EPS, OPS invited for NDA leaders meet in Delhi

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and the Deputy Chief Minister, the heads of the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, have been invited to attend a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance in New Delhi on Saturday evening.

This has come amid reports that the Deputy Chief Minister had been lobbying with the Bharatiya Janata Party for his son P Raveendranath Kumar’s inclusion in the Ministry.

It is to be noted that Raveendranath Kumar is the only winner in the AIADMK-BJP-PMK-DMDK-TMC alliance which faced a huge defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, the DMK will be the third largest party in the new Lok Sabha, while the Trinamool Congress and the YSR Congress will be fourth in terms of strength in the lower house of Parliament. As many as 397 MPs were elected from national parties, think-tank PRS Legislative said.

It added: “Of these 303 MPs were from the BJP, 52 from the Congress, and 22 from the TMC. Among the state parties DMK (23) and YSRCP (22) won the most seats.”

The elections, especially the bypoll to 22 Assembly seats, was more crucial for the survival of the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu, despite facing a rout in the Lok Sabha polls. And it survived by winning nine seats.

After the results were out on Thursday when all the 234 seats
were restored, the AIADMK won nine and the DMK 13 seats, taking their overall tallies to 123 and 110 respectively.