With his son, P Raveendranath Kumar, emerging the sole victorious candidate of the AIADMK-BJP alliance, it is said Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam is lobbying for a Union Minister post for him. According to reports, OPS had been lobbying with the national party for his son’s inclusion in the Ministry. Considering the fact that Raveendranath Kumar is a first-time MP, he may, in the event of making it to the Ministry, only get a Minister of State or Deputy Minister berth, they said.
The BJP won 303 seats while its nearest rival, Congress bagged 52 seats in the Lok Sabha results. In the last general election, the J Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK was the third largest while the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC was the fourth largest party. This time, the DMK will be the third largest party in the new Lok Sabha, while the Trinamool Congress and the YSR Congress will be fourth in terms of strength in the lower house of Parliament.