India News |  AIADMK can win only if factions unite again, says former CM On Panneerselvam
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India News | AIADMK can win only if factions unite again, says former CM On Panneerselvam


Chennai, Jun 11 (PTI) Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and expelled AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam, who lost in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections after contesting in alliance with the BJP, has said that the AIADMK can succeed only if the factions unite .

After the AIADMK’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, which resulted in it not winning any seat, Panneerselvam, who constituted the AIADMK Workers’ Rights Recovery Committee, on Tuesday raised the issue of party unity and said it (the party) can win only if various factions reunited.

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“If all groups divided in AIADMK do not unite, the party will not be able to win at any point of time,” he said, reacting to AIADMK’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.

Panneerselvam, with the support of the BJP, unsuccessfully contested as an independent candidate on the ‘jackfruit’ symbol issue from Ramanathapuram constituency. He lost to Nawas Kani of IUML, an ally of the ruling DMK.

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Like the AIADMK, the BJP-led NDA also suffered defeat in the polls. The DMK combine recorded a resounding victory by winning all 39 constituencies in the state except the sole seat of Puducherry.

“Winning or losing in elections is natural. Revolutionary leaders MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa transformed the party from a cadre party to a people-oriented party and ruled the state,” Panneerselvam said.

He claimed that the BJP-led NDA has increased its vote share and “it is a victory for the hard work of Tamil Nadu BJP chief K. Annamalai”.

On the issue of loss of deposits by AIADMK candidates in seven Lok Sabha constituencies, he told reporters that AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K. Palaniswami should respond to it.

Asked whether his supporters – V Pugazhendhi, JCD Prabhakar and KC Palanisami – had left their faction to start their own group to unite the various factions in the AIADMK, Panneerselvam said: “I wish them all the best.”

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