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TN Fin Min terms Pannerselvam led rebels "misled brothers"

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Minister D Jayakumar, in a veiled reference to rebels led by O Panneerselvam, today described them as "misguided brothers," who created "political turbulence."

Concluding his maiden budget address in the Assembly, he said late had handed over the "lamp of governance to us," and added it was to "light up," the lives of the poor.

In a veiled reference to the rebels, without naming anyone of them including Panneerselvam who was present in the House, he said, "amidst the political turbulence created by some of our brothers, who have been misguided by some, that lamp has been protected."

Quoting saint-poet Tiruvalluvar's couplet, he said "a wise man," with a determined mind will conquer even a flood of troubles. It was their duty to keep the lamp eternal to continue the journey towards progress, he added.

The camp led by V K Sasikala had dubbed Panneerselvam as a "betrayer," after he had revolted against her last month.

The former Chief Minister has the support of 12 MLAs and 12 MPs besides a host of other party functionaries including veteran E Madusudanan.

Hailing Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as a "man of practical wisdom," the minister said government will "march forward," and implement all welfare schemes initiated by He said government will also "formulate many more people friendly programmes."

Ending his address, Jayakumar said he was always "indebted to the guiding spirit," of

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 17:42 IST