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OPS, EPS keep mum on alliance issue

CHENNAI: Declining to show their strikes on alliance matters, AIADMK coordinator and joint coordinator O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Okay Palaniswami on Friday informed district secretaries that they might take care of problems in relation to forging tie-u.s.with nationwide and state parties for the Lok Sabha elections and that partymen will have to center of attention on poll victory. The leaders informed the gathering that matters on alliances can be announced at the appropriate time.
The leaders exuded self belief about winning the LS polls despite the fact that the ruling birthday party contested alone. "EPS said alliances have not been finalized yet, but the prospects of the party were high even if we contest alone. He, however, went on to add there would be a mega alliance, which was also reflected by OPS in his speech," stated a senior functionary, looking for anonymity.

The one-hour long meeting at the birthday party headquarters in Royapettah saw secretaries from 53 birthday party district gadgets, a majority from the participants of the EPS cupboard collaborating. Even as demanding parleys were on with BJP, PMK and DMDK over seat-sharing, the leaders maintained discretion.

Some leaders, who attended the meeting, recalled the times when Jayalalithaa would exhorted them to paintings and give a boost to the birthday party's grassroots, whilst she would take care of alliance matters. "The Friday meeting was reminiscent of such meetings with Amma," stated a secretary of a southern district. "The leaders told us they will inform us about the alliance at an appropriate time, after the poll notification. They also hinted that the election commission would notify the polls in the first week of March and asked us to gear up for it," he stated.

There was once no transfer to elicit views from contributors on alliances. While ministers, S P Velumani and P Thangamani, the close confidants of Palaniswami are holdings talks with BJP prime command via defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, each did not utter a phrase all over the Friday meeting.

Sources stated even the local BJP leaders were saved at midnight even as a deal has been struck between parties and only seat-sharing remained to be settled. "We really don't know what is going on (between AIADMK and BJP). Delhi handles everything," stated a senior BJP leader.

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