Flutter after tweet: Panneerselvam hints at tie-up with BJP, rectifies
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Flutter after tweet: Panneerselvam hints at tie-up with BJP, rectifies

Realising his faux pas, the leader of the breakaway faction of AIADMK modified his tweet, replacing the BJP with “any political party”.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2017 21:14 IST
KV Lakshmana
KV Lakshmana
Hindustan Times, Chennai
O Panneerselvam (OPS),AIADMK,BJP
AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam (centre) hinted at an alliance with BJP after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday. But he soon rectified the message. In the picture are AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan (right) and senior party leader E Madhusudhanan at a press conference in New Delhi earlier.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

In Tamil Nadu, ever since former chief minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) revolted against AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala, it was widely speculated that he had the blessings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Saturday, he himself gave credence to such guesswork by tweeting his intentions of getting cosy with the BJP, only to change it soon after, dropping BJP from the tweet.

A day after calling on Modi in New Delhi, OPS tweeted that his party would take a final decision on an alliance with the BJP after the local body elections in Tamil Nadu were announced.

“We will take a decision on alliance with BJP once local body elections are announced,” the tweet said.

His tweet, coming in the forenoon, created a flutter in political circles. Political analysts were quick to point out, “See this was always there. Now it is out in the open.”

Realising the faux pas, OPS immediately tried to rectify and modified his tweet: “We mean that only after the announcement of Local body elections we will think about an alliance with any political party.”

The BJP is trying to gain a foothold in Tamil Nadu and has been eyeing a tie-up with AIADMK for long, but had been spurned by its former boss late J Jayalalithaa. Now, with AIADMK split into two factions, BJP senses a chance for a tie-up.

First Published: May 21, 2017 09:12 IST