Rift surfaces in Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK ahead of Assembly polls

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Palaniswamy camp turns down OPS demand for an 11-member steering committee to guide the party to the elections. This was one of the major demands that OPS had put forward during the time of the merger between the two factions in 2017

 

The rift in Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has widened with the faction led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami rejecting the rival group’s demand for setting up a steering committee to lead the party to the elections, six months away.

The chief minister turned down the plea raised by rival group leader and AIADMK coordinator O Paneerselvam at the high level meeting held at the party headquarters in Chenni on Friday, saying that it would lead several other problems as each member will have a different opinion and the indecisiveness would hurt the party ahead of elections.

An 11-member steering committee was the one of the major demands that OPS had put forward during the time of the merger. He reiterated the demand at the two-hour meeting, which was attended by senior leaders and party office bearers. It is said that the OPS faction also raised a demand for the post of general secretary, which was abolished during the merger of the two factions.

As no decisions could be taken at the meeting, EPS and OPS has called for an executive committee meeting on September 28 to address these issues. After the committee meeting, several ministers held another meeting with EPS at his residence to discuss the new developments, according to an India Today report.

Quoting sources, the report said that though there were intense discussions on certain issues, both the leaders insisted on one point — the functionaries and cadre should stand united in preventing the DMK from coming to power.

Times of India reported that the leaders gave an indication of the proposed general council meeting after the executive committee meeting, which will be held through video conferencing from the party headquarters.

Meanwhile, OPS supporters and senior leaders Manoj Pandian and J C D Prabhakar complained that the demands made ahead of the merger to accommodate all sections at all levels were not fulfilled and many felt left-out. EPS and OPS also announced that they would visit twice a week to the party office to meet the cadres and address the grievances.

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