Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) leader T T V Dhinakaran today claimed that Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam wanted to meet him in September in a bid to “oust” Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
Speaking to reporters in Chennai, he said OPS had also met him last year. “During the meeting Panneerselvam had said he made a mistake by joining hands with Palaniswami and wanted to merge with me,” Dhinakaran said.
The RK Nagar MLA said Panneerselvam promised to give him a prominent position which he turned down. “There is no political motive behind me revealing this now. I did not take this as a big issue back then,” he added.
“In the meeting OPS expressed regret for his dharma yudham (war) against us. My party functionaries knew about the meeting. Even last week he sent out word for a meeting. He wanted to join hands against EPS and offered to make me the Chief Minister,” Dhinakaran alleged.
He added: “We are speaking about it now only to expose Mr Panneerselvam who is playing a double game. He wants to join us, but at the same he attacks us on stage. It appears he wants to become the Chief Minister. That’s why he’s running here and there.”
The AMMK leader said he was not trying to drive a wedge between EPS and OPS. “Media thinks they are working together. They both are holding knives hidden behind them to have a go at each other.”
AIADMK, meanwhile, says Dhinakaran was trying to “fish in troubled waters.” AIADMK spokesperson R M Babu Murugavel was said, “Dhinakaran is trying to fish in troubled waters.
He and his aides will say anything to stay relevant. He is perhaps doing this to keep his flock together in the context of the case regarding disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs.”