Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam with  Governor Banwarilal Purohit in Chennai on Friday.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam with Governor Banwarilal Purohit in Chennai on Friday.

Tamil Nadu: Palaniswami and Panneerselvam share stage, pay floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

ANI | Updated: Oct 02, 2020 15:15 IST


Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], October 2 (ANI): Days after reports of differences between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, both leaders were present to pay floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 151st birth anniversary.
Both leaders also shared the stage along with State Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
On Thursday state's Fisheries and Administration Reforms Minister D Jayakumar on Thursday sought to play down reports of differences between Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, saying that there are no differences between the two.
On reports that Panneerselvam earlier skipped the meeting called by the Chief Minister and met party members, he said, "He is our party organisation coordinator, so what is the problem if he meets party members. There could be many reasons for not attending the Chief Minister's meeting, like meeting medical experts etc. But please don't link it to politics," said the Minister for Fisheries and Administration Reforms.
Some reports said that Panneerselvam had skipped the meeting called by the Chief Minister on Tuesday to review COVID pandemic situation in the State, but met party members.
Earlier, sources told ANI that during the AIADMK's executive party meet on Monday, the discussions for party's Chief Ministerial face was debated for more than five hours with Palaniswami and Panneerselvam in the race.
During the meeting, it was also felt that in case the current Chief Minister was not named as the candidate for the next year's Assembly elections it would make the party and its government in the State a subject of ridicule for the Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). (ANI)

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