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O Panneerselvam seeks explanation AIADMK MLA about pay-off claims

Chennai: Rebel AIADMK leader Panneerselvam on Tuesday said an "appropriate explanation" has been sought from an MLA in his faction about him reportedly making some claims about horse trading involving ruling party MLAs ahead of a trust vote in Tamil Nadu in February.

New Delhi: Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam brief the Media after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Tamilnadu Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav (PTI1_19_2017_000060B)

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"We have sought an appropriate explanation from SS Saravanan," Panneerselvam, leader of AIADMK's Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction told reporters without elaborating.

TV footage had purportedly showed Saravanan, AIADMK's Madurai (South) MLA making some claims of pay-offs to ruling party legislators ahead of the 18 February trust vote faced and won by incumbent Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

Saravanan had earlier claimed he had "escaped" from a resort near the place where the MLAs were staying during that time, in "disguise," before joining the Panneerselvam faction.

Former chief minister Panneerselvam had revolted against AIADMK chief VK Sasikala in February, alleging he was forced to make way for her elevation as chief minister of the state.

In the ensuing political developments, the AIADMK suffered a split, with some MLAs joining him.

Palaniswami was elected chief minister after Sasikala was held guilty in a disproportionate assets case, and he won the trust vote on 18 February by a margin of 122-11 amid eviction of main opposition DMK following unruly scenes.

Published Date: Jun 13, 2017 15:52 PM | Updated Date: Jun 13, 2017 15:52 PM

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