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Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday sought to assert that new political parties in the state will not affect the ruling AIADMK. They made the announcement a day after dissident party leader TTV Dhinakaran stated that a decision on floating a new party would be taken soon. It also comes in the backdrop of actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan stating that they would launch their own political parties. The leaders were talking to the reporters on the sidelines of MGR’s birth anniversary celebrations at the party headquarters in Royapettah here.
“They will never impact the AIADMK,” Palaniswami said on Dhinakaran’s ambitious plans ahead of the local body polls. “He had not been in the party for a decade. Was there any impact? It is only the media that projects him and people are not bothered,” the chief minister said, expressing confident of winning the local body polls. Kamal Haasan on Tuesday announced his plans to take a state-wide tour from February 21 to “truly understand as to what the needs of the people are.” The actor would announce the name of his political party during the tour.
Panneerselvam said that whoever going to launch a new party or forge an alliance would not impact the ruling camp. “We will react when the party is floated,” was all the deputy chief minister would say. The chief minister said they had approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take part in the grand finale of the year-long MGR centenary celebrations in Chennai. The date would be announced later.
The ruling party will launch its party organ, “Namadhu Amma” on Jayalalithaa’s birthday that falls on February 24. Palaniswami said the government would seek the Centre to reconsider the decision to end Haj subsidy. On the Cauvery issue, the chief minister said the state had sought the intervention of the Prime Minister and Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah to release water due to Tamil Nadu, but to no avail. “A petition was also filed in the Supreme Court. However, the court said it would not consider it citing the impending verdict on the Cauvery issue. We will release the available water (from Mettur dam) in a day or two to provide as much water as possible to the delta farmers,” Palaniswami said.
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