Furthering suspicions of the Centre's deep involvement in the ongoing political tussle in Tamil nadu, AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) Chief, O Panneerselvam told ToI that Prime Minister Modi wants the AIADMK factions united and to stay away from corruption.
The interview to Jaya Menon and B Sivakumar of ToI comes at a time when reports were published on how the former Chief Minister was well aware that the RK Nagar bye-polls would be cancelled. In addition to this, MLA SS Saravanan who is in the OPS camp, has stated in a sting op that the faction had paid legislators Rs.1 crore each to join them.
When asked about the alleged efforts undertaken by both factions to bribe MLAs, OPS failed to provide a clear answer. "When the Koovathur drama was happening, Madurai south MLA S S Saravanan escaped and came to our side. He has explained to us regarding the TV expose," he tells ToI.
He has however told news channels on Tuesday, that none in his camp had offered or accepted money.
Panneerselvam, who recently dissolved the committee meant to hold merger talks with the EPS faction, said that the aim to unite both camps still stands. He however added that the merger will only take place if Sasikala and her family members must be kept away from the party affairs. He further added that the party belongs to its cadre.
But following Dhinakaran's release from Tihar jail, MLAs have been steadily streaming into Chennai to visit the graft-accused leader. When questioned about this, OPS claims, "I don't believe in the drama they (Dhinakaran supporters) are staging."