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Nirmala Sitharaman’s refusal to meet O Panneerselvam in Delhi focuses to his decreasing political importance

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For somebody who was conceded a group of people with the executive at whatever point he needed a year ago, 24 July is multi day O Panneerselvam (OPS) is in no rush to overlook. Association Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had reprimanded the Tamil Nadu vice president serve when had she declined to meet OPS, despite the fact that he was sitting only a couple of steps away in the holding up room of the clergyman’s office.

It was Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan who had looked for a meeting with Sitharaman for Panneerselvam’s benefit. Despite the fact that OPS and Maitreyan had gone to the protection priest’s office together on Tuesday evening, just the MP was permitted inside. A while later, OPS left sad, mortified.

That was not all. Sitharaman chose to rub it in by opening up to the world about the way that she had not met OPS. In light of a Tamil channel’s tweet that OPS was meeting the safeguard serve, her office concisely tweeted at 2:44 pm, illuminating that an “arrangement was given to Shri V Maitreyan, MP, Rajya Sabha” and that Panneerselvam “has not met Smt Nirmala Sitharaman”.

On Monday evening, OPS had touched base from Chennai to a somewhat prominent gathering at the Delhi airplane terminal. The greater part the parliamentary party of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (AIADMK) had fixed up to welcome him with bundles, making numerous think about whether there was something cooking.

That the visit came quite close to the salary charge attacks on a parkway temporary worker considered near Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) prompted fear inspired notions, given Panneerselvam’s clout in the BJP circles. It was likewise only four days after the AIADMK — in an astounding move — had voted, rather than avoiding, for the BJP amid the no-certainty movement. Critically, it likewise came amid the week the Madras High Court is hearing two petitions on Panneerselvam’s asserted lopsided resources.

In any case, the visit was close to home, OPS demanded. He had come to Delhi to say thanks to Sitharaman for giving an air rescue vehicle from Madurai to Chennai for his debilitated sibling O Balamurugan not long ago. EPS additionally sang a similar tune in Tamil Nadu, denying any political point to Panneerselvam’s trek.

So what turned out badly? The doubt is that Sitharaman might not have been excessively content with the utilization of the air rescue vehicle being made open. Another school of thought is that since the high court could arrange a request by the Central Bureau of Investigation into Panneerselvam’s benefits, Sitharaman may have been somewhat cautious about being congratulated by him. It is likewise conceivable that the BJP, which is accepted to design various changes in Tamil Nadu, would like to communicate something specific crosswise over to the AIADMK with this censure.

It is additionally hard to trust that in a gathering like the BJP, with its control solidly in the hands of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, Sitharaman would have chosen to allot this treatment to OPS, without keeping both of the best two on the up and up. Government officials infrequently affront anybody actually except if they remain to pick up from it. Despite the fact that this was not pitched as an official outing, the reality remains that OPS is the vice president clergyman of Tamil Nadu and his position should have been indicated regard.

AIADMK sources are endeavoring to play down the affront, saying there was a correspondence blunder and OPS for sure did not have an arrangement. That does not cut the ice in light of the fact that if that was the situation, how was OPS permitted inside the pastor’s office? All things considered, security convention at such a touchy service would guarantee that nobody can stroll in without an arrangement. Sources likewise say that service authorities had taken subtle elements of Panneerselvam’s guard in advance, so it would be implausible to guarantee that Sitharaman was ignorant of the vice president priest’s essence.

The scene is verification of Panneerselvam’s decreasing political importance in the Delhi durbar. When he revolted in February 2017, he was praised as a spotless lawmaker, and in the background, the BJP had attempted its best to enable him to pull in a noteworthy number of administrators. That exertion fizzled and he needed to unobtrusively come back to the AIADMK. A couple of months prior, he had gloated about how it was Modi who had prompted him to fix up with EPS and return to the gathering. Today, notwithstanding being vice president serve, he is an underestimated compel with the control of the legislature solidly in the hands of EPS and the Gounder people group campaign. Operations has just himself to fault for the way in which he has enabled the BJP to utilize and toss him.

Operations, as well, tried to play down the episode, enjoying a touch of logic. He said MGR had said individuals ought to have the heart to hold up under anything.

By chance, two Tamil Nadu priests, SP Velumani and P Thangamani — both considered near EPS — are planned to meet acting fund serve Piyush Goyal on Wednesday. In the event that that gathering happens, it will resemble rubbing salt on Panneerselvam’s injuries and personality. AIADMK MP Sathyabhama additionally met Sitharaman at her office on Tuesday, additionally affirming that the no to a gathering with OPS was ponder.

AIADMK watchers say this was exactly the treatment previous Tamil Nadu boss pastor J Jayalalithaa used to distribute to party pioneers. Visuals of senior pioneers, including OPS, prostrating before the feels sick of her SUV are out in people in general area. Amma is gone, however the wheel has turned a full hover for OPS.

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