Panneerselvam denies quitting AIADMK and joining BJP

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam has dismissed as rumours reports that he was going to quit the AIADMK and join the BJP, asserting he will continue in the ruling party in the state till his last breath.

In a statement, he slammed a section of media for carrying the reports, and said people of Tamil Nadu who have faith on him as well as the party workers will not pay heed to such rumours. "Those who fear the grand victory that this alliance is going to achieve are spreading rumours and trying to hurt my public life which is regrettable," he stated. Recalling his humble origin as the son of a farmer and the various strides he had made in his political career, he credited late chief minister J Jayalalithaa for his rise.