The crucial meeting, set to come amid the prospect of another leadership change in the party’s ranks, after the Madras High Court refused to interfere in the opposition AIADMK’s general council and executive committee meeting, with a single leadership chorus in favor of joint coordinator K. Along with Palaniswami has been growing vigorously in the last few days.
A tussle between former Tamil Nadu chief minister and party co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) and his former deputy CM and coordinator O Panneersevelam (OPS) demanding a single leadership in the party and their willingness to pass a resolution in this belongs to the group. With regard to the 23 June meeting while the OPS claims that the general assembly cannot pass a resolution without his signature as per the party bye-law.
Meanwhile, the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, while giving some relief to the OPS, said that the General Council can meet on Thursday but only 23 draft resolutions can be passed. Other resolutions (single lead) can be discussed but not passed.
The OPS had approached the court to prevent the General Council meeting from going ahead and pave the way for its rival EPS as the sole leader. The OPS, in its arguments, told the court that they had received 23 resolutions from the AIADMK headquarters through e-mail on June 21 and these were to be passed in the general council meeting on June 23.
Party coordinator O Panneerselvam had said on Wednesday that in a cryptic tweet he had resigned over the fact that the odds have been leveled against him, “religion will win again.”
The topic of single leadership came to the fore at a recent party meeting, with calls for Palaniswami to pick up steam, even as the former chief minister swelled in days with some OPS colleagues switching camps. See support.
In 2017, the party abolished the post of powerful general secretary until the late J Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016, and introduced coordinator and joint coordinator positions, resulting in a dual leadership under which the party faced the 2019 Lok. Lok Sabha elections as well as last year’s assembly elections and civic polls.
Following the internal uproar, Panneerselvam wrote to Palaniswami urging him to postpone the meeting of the General Council, with the issue reaching the court. However, the Madras High Court ruled against the petition.
As of now, a group of office-bearers, including less than 10 district secretary and deputy secretary R Vaithilingam, out of a total of 75 secretaries of party districts, are supporting Panneerselvam, apart from general party workers.
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