Amid reports of the AIADMK angling for a slot in the Union Ministry, party coordinator-Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator-Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who on Saturday took part in a meeting of leaders and newly-elected MPs belonging to the National Democratic Alliance in New Delhi, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Palaniswami was among those who seconded a resolution electing Modi the leader of the NDA’s parliamentary group. Panneerselvam, seated next to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, later greeted Modi.
BJP allies JD(U) and AIADMK are likely to be part of the new government while it will also reflect the saffron party’s inroads into states like West Bengal and Telangana, sources said Sunday.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan said on Sunday that Narendra Modi will be sworn in as Prime Minister on Thursday for his second term. Though there has been no official word on likely faces in the new government, many leaders are of the view that most key members of the previous dispensation will be retained.
P Raveendranath Kumar, better known as Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam’s son, was the lone candidate of the AIADMK-led NDA to succeed in the Parliamentary election in Tamil Nadu, trouncing veteran Congressman EVKS Elangovan in Theni.
Ever since his victory, there has been talk that he would get a ministerial berth in the next government at the Centre, led by Narendra Modi. He, however, has said he will abide by his party’s decision.
Kumar, 39, is a first-time MP whose politics has been limited to Theni and Periyakulam under the clout of his father. A senior RSS leader from Coimbatore reportedly said NDA may consider Kumar to keep AIADMK in good humour.