- Cabinet reshuffle expected Sunday, 4 union ministers have quit
- AIADMK sources say they are unlikely to join cabinet
- Don't want recently-united factions to scrap over cabinet posts: AIADMK
BJP chief Amit Shah met yesterday several of the ministers who have already resigned, or have been told they should today. Placed in between those one-on-one sessions was a consult with M Thambidurai of the AIADMK, building up talk of the regional party joining the government.
But sources in Tamil Nadu say that Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his Deputy O Panneerselvam, the leaders of the two factions of the AIADMK who recently shelved their differences to reunite after a six-month feud, have not discussed a change in their relationship with the BJP. Their merger followed independent chats with PM Modi in Delhi last month. Senior leaders of the BJP have said that a united AIADMK is of benefit since the party often supports the government on important legislation, particularly in the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP and its allies are in a minority.
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