Tamil Nadu: EPS, OPS intervene to rein in party leaders as CM candidate row rattles AIADMK

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The issue gained momentum after posters appeared depicting Panneerselvam as CM candidate in the 2021 Assembly elections in state

A fresh row emerged in the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu over the chief minister candidate in the next year’s Assembly elections in the state.

As the issue gained momentum and seemed to damage the party politically, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam reportedly intervened to rein in the party workers.

In a joint statement, the duo reportedly warned such workers of stern action for discussing their personal opinion at public forum like media and asked to obtain permission before participating in public debates, reported The New Indian Express.   

The issue began after part’s office bearers reportedly started making their opinion on the chief ministerial candidate during debates in media.

To flare up the matter, posters appeared in the state on Saturday depicting Panneerselvam as the chief ministerial candidate for the Assembly elections in 2021.  

This controversy put the party leadership in dilemma.

On Saturday, posters appeared in Theni, the home district of Panneerselvam, portraying him as the chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly elections of 2021, reported Mathrubhumi.

As the reports about the posters appeared in the dailies, senior ministers rushed to the house of Panneerselvam to know the fact behind it. Later, he along with the ministers met the chief minister on Saturday morning.

After discussion, both the leaders said, "We are not going to achieve anything by sharing our views.   So, during the debates in media, please tell the people about the achievements of the government and how the AIADMK government functions as a model to the other states."

They said that such things should not be repeated in the interest of the party and the party leaders should maintain discipline.

They said that all the decisions would be taken in a democratic manner.

It may be recalled that when J Jayalalithaa had to step down as the chief minister on two occasions in the wake of corruption cases against her, her close aide Panneerselvam was made the chief minister.

He became the chief minister after the death of Jayalalithaa. However, when VK Sasikala, another close aide of Jayalalithaa, took control of AIADMK and Panneerselvam lost the chief minster post. Later Palaniswami became the chief minister.

Though Panneerselvam quit the party, he returned to it after Sasikala was jailed in a corruption case.

Image credit: Mathrubhumi

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