As PM Modi Begins New Term, Why Tamil Nadu Has No Representative
By Ndtv 31-May-2019
Mr Paneerselvam or OPS reportedly wanted his son Raveendranath, the lone NDA winner, in the government. A leader of the powerful Thevar community, Raveendranath won from his home turf Theni, defeating Congress leader EVKS Ilangovan.
Sources say even before the election results, OPS had been lobbying for a ministerial berth for his son.
Reports suggest a section of the AIADMK, mainly from the Chief Minister's camp, proposed the name of R Vaithilingam, a Rajya Sabha member, three-time legislator and a former minister in J Jayalalithaa's cabinet. He was also a confidant of Jayalalithaa, who died in December 2016.
Both the AIADMK hopefuls reportedly stayed put in Delhi, waiting for a phone call.
Till Thursday night, a senior AIADMK leader had said: "Vaithilingam will join the government though the party is also lobbying for Raveendranath."
Raveendranath denied reports that he had received a call to join the Prime Minister's team, saying: "I'm expecting a call". Mr Vaithilingam also denied any call but said: "I'm not expecting the call".
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