AIADMK’s single leadership is being bulldozed by Team EPS.
Chennai : Without a ruling order issued in the small hours of the morning or a standoff, the Edappadi K. Palaniswami brigade was unable to stop the O. Panneerselvam faction from advancing to its single-leadership agenda at the AIADMK general council meeting on Thursday. EPS supporter C Ve Shanmugam read aloud a letter seeking single leadership signed by 2,190 members of the general council when the Madras high court prohibited EPS supporters from making any motion to modify the party statutes. On July 11, A Tamil Mahan Hussain, the newly elected praesidium chairman, gave a motivational address that received a rousing response from the crowd. Throughout the 45-minute meeting at OPS, EPS supporters booed, and the former chief minister and a number of his followers—including deputy coordinator Vathilingam—left in protest.
Despite the fact that the meeting included 23 non-controversial measures, none of them were discussed. The annual reports were not made public by the OPS, who also serves as treasurer. Members said that as a result of the dual leadership, the party had setbacks, difficulties, and organisational difficulties. This underlined the party’s unwillingness to confront the DMK and the government. The public, administrations, and cadres have all been astonished and incensed by it.
Shanmugam, who handed Hussain the letter on the dais in front of Panneerselvam and Palaniswami, stated that the world needs a strong, courageous, and unambiguous single leader like Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. As C Ponnaiyan and Dindigul C Sreenivasan reported that Shanmugam stole the microphone and yelled three times, intense drama ruled the room. None of the resolutions were accepted by the members. The organisation only wants one leader, according to K P Munusamy, the party’s deputy organiser.
Hussain was elevated by Dindigul C Sreenivasan and D Jayakumar, and Palaniswami announced his appointment as head of the general council and executive committee. Later, at his home, OPS spokesperson R Vaithilingam informed reporters that the opponents were power-hungry. He said that it was not democratically conducted. It was an unrestrained and brutal half-hour drama.
Because the coordinator and joint coordinator did not jointly proclaim the election of the praesidium chairman, it was illegitimate.
A general council meeting can only be called by the dual leadership.
Vaithilingam claimed that the OPS was amenable to discussion and that his suggestion for helping the organisation retake control was to establish dual leadership.