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Keen to set the house in order after the ripples caused by influential dissenters, Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami held discussions with a group of disgruntled MLAs, including three former min

Published: 23rd May 2017 04:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd May 2017 04:08 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Keen to set the house in order after the ripples caused by influential dissenters, Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami held discussions with a group of disgruntled MLAs, including three former ministers, with a view to sorting out disagreements that have been rocking the party.

During the meeting, dissenters raised five demands including a meeting of the legislative members owing allegiance to the fact­i­on within a week. They have also urged the leadership to hasten the process of merger, seeking a discu­s­­sion on the multiple voices from wi­thin that are hampering the me­rger. Their actual gro­u­s­e, sou­r­c­es said, is that they are not consu­l­ted on key party affairs, wh­ich is now being contr­olled by a senior team that includes their arch-rivals in the intra-party feuds.

On Monday, MLAs ‘Thoppu’ ND Venkatachalam, V Senthil Balaji and P Palaniappan, all former mi­­n­isters, V Panneerselvam, Thusi K Mohan, R Murugan and R Ba­l­a­s­u­bramani met the CM and held discussions for 45 minutes. After the meeting, the CM and dissenters held separate meetings with party presidium chairm­a­n and School Education Min­­i­s­t­e­r KA Se­ngottaiyan and party treasurer and Forests Minister ‘Dindigul’ C Sreenivasan. P5



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