Pushed to the talks table, OPS group sharpshooter clams up

Former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam holds strategy session with the core team, forms committee; buzz on Delhi losing interest after factional fights.

Published: 22nd April 2017 03:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2017 03:56 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: A day after putting up a combative posture, the rebel AIADMK camp seemed to keep things quiet on Friday despite a huddle that lasted about five hours.

CM Palaniswami coming out of
the party headquarters after a
meeting on Friday | P JAWAHAR

Amid speculation of a possible patch-up as certain 24x7 news channels announced that 'EPS-OPS deal clinched', former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam began consultations with his core team at his official residence at Greenways Road here around 11 am.

Top leaders K P Munusamy, 'Natham' R Viswanathan, 'Ma Foi' K Pandiarajan, S Semmalai, Rajya Sabha member Dr V Maitreyan and former MP Manoj Pandian were present at the meeting that discussed the developments of the day.

Sources said the announcement of a committee constituted by the official faction and its implications came up for discussion. The body language of the leaders, including K P Munusamy, who stepped out for briefing the media, suggested the mood of AIADMK-PT Amma camp.

The former minister was not willing to field any question from the waiting reporters after simply saying that their faction had decided to constitute a committee as done by the ruling faction and its members would be announced shortly. With morale seemingly down and shoulders drooping, it was almost a deja vu for the rebel camp, which was said to have slowly been losing the backing from Delhi.

With the AIADMK-Amma faction looking set to gain an upper hand, the options before Panneerselvam and generals are very little. The rebel camp being caught between the devil and the deep sea, the future for it looks bleak.


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