Rift out in open: Not united during function, OPS side unhappy with EPS | Chennai News
CHENNAI: The rift between chief minister Edappadi Ok Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam has come out within the open with EPS supporters holding OPS off a celebration flag hoisting perform at Thoppur close to Madurai on Saturday.
The perform was organised by minister R B Udhayakumar to have a good time reclamation of the social gathering identify and image, social gathering founder M G Ramachandran’s delivery centenary and J Jayalalithaa’s 69th birthday.
OPS, social gathering’s steering committee coordinator, was stored out regardless of being current in Madurai, simply 20km from the perform venue. Palaniswami hoisted the flag.
Udhayakumar stated he met OPS on Saturday morning and requested him to attend the perform, however he expressed his lack of ability to attend. Although he had gone to OPS’s chamber on Friday, he couldn’t meet him, stated Udhayakumar.
“When the programme was deliberate effectively upfront, a final minute invitation appears to be like like an afterthought,” stated a supply quoting OPS. Neither the native MP N Gokulakrishnan nor MLA S S Saravanan (Madurai South), each belonging to the OPS camp, was invited. “It was by design that the EPS camp stored OPS and his supporters away,” a pacesetter stated.
The banners put up close to the venue additionally mirrored the rift. Panneerselvam’s identify was conspicuously lacking on them.
The developments come inside days of social gathering Rajya Sabha member V Maithreyan expressing anguish over belief deficit between the
two erstwhile factions+
Aspire Swaminathan of AIADMK IT cell wrote on his Fb web page that he questioned if there was a gathering of minds between the 2 teams. “My submit is just manifestation of frustration that my leaders weren’t invited for the occasion,” Swaminathan stated. “Neither OPS nor myself was invited. OPS instructed us to prepare for temple go to within the morning,” he stated.
Maitreyan stated the occasion was not organised correctly. Within the absence of Jayalalithaa, the social gathering had determined to have a collective management. The instant want is to arrange a coordination committee to resolve all points, he stated. “It’s a concern that we’ve not been invited. The happenings solely reconfirm my earlier submit (on Fb),” he stated. Occasion deputy coordinator and OPS supporter, Ok P Munusamy, who was not invited, stated the CM ought to have checked the lapses. Considerably, neither EPS nor Udayakumar made any point out of OPS of their speeches.
Nevertheless, fisheries minister D Jayakumar sought to downplay the difficulty saying it was not an official occasion.