Team-Palaniswami Meet Ahead Of AIADMK General Council Meeting

Team-Palaniswami Meet Ahead Of AIADMK General Council Meeting

After the Jayalalitha, AIADMK has been following a dual leadership since 2016. (File)


Ahead of the General Council meet scheduled to take place on Monday, the Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) camp of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) held a discussion at his residence in Tamil Nadu.

AIADMK Presidium Chairman Tamil Magan Hussain on June 23 announced that they have decided to hold the next General Council Meeting (after the one that took place on June 23) of AIADMK at 9.15 a.m. on July 11.

After all the 23 resolutions of the General Committee members were rejected, the supporters of O Panneerselvam– who want to have a dual leadership format in the party staged a walkout from the meeting.

“All members rejected all the 23 resolutions and the only demand of General Committee members is on single leadership. When the next General Committee meeting is convened, all these along with the resolutions for single leadership will be adopted,” AIADMK Deputy Coordinator KP Munusamy had said.

He further expressed that whenever the next General Council Meeting would happen, all 23 resolutions and a single leadership resolution will be passed.

Former Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, former Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and other leaders of the party were also present at the June 23 meeting.

After the demise of Jayalalithaa in 2016, the party has been following a dual-leadership formula with EPS as co-coordinator and OPS as coordinator.

Mr Palaniswami is all for single leadership in the party and his camp was all keen on passing a resolution in the said regard during the June 23 meeting, while Mr Panneerselvam claimed that the general body could not pass the resolution without his signature as per the party bylaw.

Since the district secretary meeting on June 14, voices for single leadership in the party grew louder. Both the camps held several rounds of talks to resolve the issue but remained unsuccessful. OPS had also written a letter to EPS demanding postponement of the general body meeting citing a “confused situation” in the party which the AIADMK co-coordinator denied.

In comparison to OPS, EPS enjoys the support of a large number of party MLAs and district secretaries.

Amid all this drama, OPS’ long-time loyalists had also joined the EPS camp. On Tuesday, Thiruvallur District Secretary Alexander and Puducherry State Secretary Anbalagan extended their support to EPS.

Amid a controversy over the issue of single leadership in AIADMK between OPS and EPS, the former had held an “individual meeting” with his supporters and district secretaries at the party office here.

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