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AIADMK factional feud: O Panneerselvam loyalists to meet President Pranab Mukherjee

12 MPs owing loyalty to O Panneerselvam will meet the President to seek a probe into Jayalalithaa’s death and nullification of the trust vote won by E Palaniswani government.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2017 12:33 IST
Jayanth Jacob
Jayanth Jacob
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam, flanked by RS MP V Maitreyan on his left, speaking to the media recently in Chennai.
AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam, flanked by RS MP V Maitreyan on his left, speaking to the media recently in Chennai.(PTI)

A group of rebel leaders of Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK have come to Delhi to seek President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention against the dominant faction’s actions concerning former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s death and current CM E Palanisamy’s trust vote victory in the assembly.

A delegation of 12 MPs, owing allegiance to rebel leader O Panneerselvam, will meet the President later on Tuesday to seek a probe into the “treatment provided” and the “causes” that led to Jayalalithaa’s death.

Jayalalithaa had died in a private hospital in Chennai on December 5 after a prolonged illness, details of which were kept under wraps for long.

Panneerselvam, who was chosen to succeed her immediately, had claimed later that he was not even allowed to see her in hospital by Jayalalithaa’s long-time aide Sasikala, who has now taken control of the party.

The MPs’ delegation, led by Rajya Sabha member V Maitreyan, is also seeking Presidential intervention to nullify the floor test won by the Palaniswami government in the state assembly on February 18.

“We have sought an appointment with the President and we will seek his help to meet our demands” Maitreyan told HT.

Of the 12 MPs, 10 are from Lok Sabha and two from Rajya Sabha.

Earlier, DMK working president M K Stalin had led a delegation to meet the President on February 23, seeking a fresh trust vote in the Assembly.

First Published: Feb 28, 2017 12:32 IST