Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Paneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to demand a CBI inquiry into the death of J Jayalalithaa while his faction of the AIADMK urged the Election Commission to restrain the VK Sasikala camp from using the party’s office.
In a memorandum the Prime Minister, Paneerselvam also highlighted problems and concerns of the common man in Tamil Nadu, with specific focus on the plight of the farmers.
Also on Friday, the counsel for the Panneerselvam camp submitted fresh documents to the EC against the elevation of Sasikala as the interim general secretary of the party while stressing that until the time the case was settled between the two camps, the AIADMK mouthpiece ‘Dr Namadhu MGR’ should not remain under the control of Sasikala.
In its order of March 23, the EC had frozen the ‘two leaves’ election symbol of the AIADMK, saying the rival camps cannot use the party symbol and the name for the RK Nagar assembly by-poll.
The by-poll was subsequently cancelled following allegations of bribery to influence voters. A fresh date is yet to be announced.
Paneerselvam also requested the EC to prevent Sasikala’s nominee Dindigul C Sreenivasan from functioning as the party treasurer.
“We had written to banks to not allow anyone access the party funds. Since no action was taken, we have sought the EC’s intervention,” he said.
The former CM also asked the EC to expedite the probe against alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekha and AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran for allegedly trying to bribe EC officials for getting the ‘two-leaves’ for the Sasikala faction.
On presidential polls, Paneerselvam said his faction would take a decision after talks within “the party”, once the dates are announced.