OPS says EPS and DMK have a secret pact

Former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who had been lying low ever since the court restrained him from using the AIADMK flag, name and symbol, launched a virulent attack on his beta noir and AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami, accusing him of striking a secret deal with the DMK and thus going against the founding principles of the party.

Besides calling his followers to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on February when he would be paying floral tributes to her statue inside the department of higher education premises at 10.30 am, he said the AIADMK was founded by M G Ramachandran to fight the DMK and was nourished with same political spirit by Jayalalithaa.

However, Palaniswami had joined hands with the DMK, he said and referred to the AIADMK general secretary’s volte face on the ‘One Nation, One Election’ plank as a case in point. Recalling Palaniswami’s propaganda during the 2022 elections to the local bodies in the State, he said Palaniswami had averred then that the ‘one nation, one election’ would come to force in 2024, which was just 27 New Moons away, and oust the DMK government, ushering in a new dispensation.

Now, he was backing the DMK in its opposition to the ‘one nation, one election’ proposal and helped the passing of the Assembly resolution against it with the AIADMK member Thalavai Sundaram talking about the ‘one nation, one election’ idea possibly implemented in 2034, Panneerselvam said.