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O Panneerselvam Meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Seeks Funds For Tamil Nadu

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Tobias Pedroso | 21 May, 2017, 16:56

The petition also came out against the Prime Minister's key economic policies of privatisation and wanted the move to privatise Salem Steel Plant to be dropped.

OPS had also met with Prime Minister Modi a day prior to the tweet-storm, and said that the two leaders "discussed various issues on the development of Tamil Nadu".

Among the resolutions passed there was to meet the Prime Minister and convey to him the decisions taken in the meeting, he said.

"We will take a decision on alliance with BJP once local body elections are announced", it said.

The popular view in Tamil Nadu's political circles is that the BJP and Rajini will not make any official announcements till next month's Presidential Elections.

In a faux pas, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam on Saturday said alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party will be decided after local body polls are announced. In an apparent dig at the rival faction, Panneerselvam said his demands were for people's welfare and no politics was discussed.

Later, he led a host of MPs, MLAs and senior leaders to form a faction of his own. "But soon Tamil Nadu will have a good governing and performing government under O. Panneerselvam", Maitreyan told ANI.

S Semmalai, an AIADMK MLA and member of the OPS faction, said Panneerselvam's answer to a question on alliance was misconstrued and tweeted as if an alliance with the BJP was in the offing, reported The Hindu. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu chairing a review meeting at the state secretariat in the presence of the Chief Minister has surprised many.