Tamil Nadu elections 2021: AIADMK names Palaniswami as party’s CM candidate

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The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) named co-coordinator and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami as its chief ministerial candidate for the 2021 Assembly elections. 

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam on Wednesday informed that Edappadi K Palaniswami will be AIADMK's CM candidate for Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021.

The announcement came after weeks of negotiation and speculation.

"Our party is found by MG Ramachandran in name of Anna. And it is a party movement and nobody has won three times. Our Amma led the party with the same path of MGR. His dreams of party and government should be with cadres. We are doing it now," Panneerselvam said.

AIADMK also appointed an 11-member steering committee. The committee has six members from Palaniswami camp and five are from Panneerselvam camp.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EPS has announced the names of the 11-member steering committee, which includes Dindigul Sreenivasan, Thangamani, SP Velumani, Jayakumar, CV Shanmugam, Kamaraj, Prabakaram (former MLA), PH Manoj Pandian, Pa Mohan, Gopala Krishnan, Manikam MLA (Cholavandam constituency).

The six members of the steering committee from EPS camp are Dindigul Sreenivasan, Thangamani, SP Velumani, D Jayakumar, CV Shanmugam Kamaraj.

The OPS camp members include JCD Prabhakar, Manoj Pandian, PA Mohan, Ex-MP Gopalakrishnan, MLA Manickam.

In 2017, when two factions of the party merged, the formation of a steering committee was one of the key demands put forth by the camp led by O Panneerselvam.

After the death of former AIADMK chief and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the party faced a major crisis as two opposing camps, led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, fought for the top post.  However, the two factions merged later in 2017, and Palaniswami took oath as the chief minister, with Paneerselvam becoming his deputy.


With inputs from media reports

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