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AIADMK sting: OPS seeks clarification from MLA Saravanan

ANI  |  Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] 

All Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader O. Panneerselvam on Tuesday said he has sought an explanation from his loyalist S.S. Saravanan from AIADMK's rival Sasikala faction.

A sting operation by an English news channel revealed that all the MLAs were lured in by and gold by the rival Sasikala camp to support Chief Minister Edapadi K. Palanisamy in the February vote conducted in Assembly.

Palaniswami won the vote held in the on the back of support offered by 122 legislators.

"Lawmaker Saravanan in the sting operation gave some explanation. We have demanded the same explanation from him," O. Panneerselvam said.

Meanwhile, state Finance Minster D. Jayakumar refused to give an explanation apart from saying, "Like you, I also watched the TV. I don't know exactly what happened. The matter is pending before the court. Hence, it would be unwise to comment."

South Madurai Saravanan, who had deflected to the OPS faction, admitted on camera that Sasikala camp offered him money between Rs. 2 crore to 6 crore for his support.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) severely criticised the ruling government over the matter alleging that the party's inter-relationship was purchased and not natural.

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First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 16:02 IST