The tussle for management of Tamil Nadu’s opposition AIADMK took an unpleasant activate Thursday with water bottles thrown at occasion chief O Panneerselvam who walked out of the important thing Normal Council assembly minutes earlier than it concluded whereas senior leaders backed a requirement for “single management” by rival Edappadi Palaniswami.
The meet, unable to undertake a decision for a singular management pushed by Mr Palaniswami due to a court docket order, rejected all 23 draft resolutions Mr Panneerselvam had agreed to.
As quickly because the Normal Council assembly started amid chaotic scenes of slogan shouting, the method of passage of the 23 pre-decided resolutions was taken up.
The primary of them was proposed by Mr Panneerselvam generally known as OPS and seconded by Mr Palaniswami generally known as EPS, who addressed the previous as “brother” in his transient remarks.
Nonetheless, senior chief Shanmugam, who was lately elected to the Rajya Sabha, introduced that each one resolutions “are rejected by the Normal Council”.
Deputy Secretary Okay P Munusamy mentioned all of the GC members have rejected all of the 23 proposed resolutions, including, “Their solely demand is for a single management.”
Chatting with NDTV on whether or not OPS was humiliated and if the problem may have been dealt with in a greater approach, senior chief and former minister D Jayakumar mentioned, “That is the choice of the Normal Council. We should always respect.” On the potential for a cut up, he added, “No, there might be no cut up. Within the subsequent meet, we’ll undertake the decision for a single management.”
Forward of the assembly, palpable pressure prevailed as supporters of Mr Paneerselvam and Mr Palaniswami shouted slogans in opposition to each other.
Whereas OPS was the primary to enter the venue alongside together with his supporters, EPS made a dramatic entry to a rousing reception later when his followers jostled to welcome and take him in direction of the dais.
The assembly got here hours after the Madras Excessive Courtroom restrained the AIADMK Normal Council from taking any resolution on the only management formulation pushed by EPS.
After a late-night listening to, the court docket mentioned the occasion’s highest decision-making physique can solely undertake the 23 resolutions already listed.
Yesterday, the court docket had refused to restrain the Normal Council assembly. This had raised hopes for Mr Palaniswami or EPS, who hopes to get himself elevated as Normal Secretary of the occasion.
His rival and current occasion boss O Panneerselvam or OPS desires the twin management format within the occasion to proceed.
Yesterday, within the court docket, OPS’s legal professionals argued that he wouldn’t permit any modification or resolutions on the basic council aside from the 23 already introduced to him.
Nonetheless, EPS’s legal professionals argued that it could’t be assured, as discussions occur primarily based on what the members assume.
Bother began final week after supporters of EPS proposed the concept of a single management underneath him on the district secretaries’ meet.
Nonetheless, OPS wished a high-level committee, comprising senior leaders who had labored with occasion founder MGR and Jayalalithaa, to be constituted to information the management.
He argued, that after Jayalalithaa’s dying the occasion’s basic council had advanced the twin management mannequin and declared late Jayalalithaa because the occasion’s everlasting basic secretary. He added any modification could be a “betrayal”.
Jayalalithaa had twice hand-picked OPS to be her stand-in Chief Minister when she needed to step down following her conviction. Although OPS was elevated for the third time simply earlier than she died, Jayalalithaa’s aide VK Sasikala, who briefly took over the occasion, changed him with EPS after he rebelled in opposition to her.
Nonetheless, each leaders patched up and expelled Ms Sasikala when she was in jail. OPS turned the primary within the occasion and EPS his deputy. Within the authorities, OPS turned Chief Minister EPS’s deputy.
Throughout his four-year time period as chief minister, EPS consolidated his place and introduced the occasion underneath his management.