Tamil Nadu ruling AIADMK calls all MLAs to Chennai on October 6

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The move is considered significant as the party’s executive meeting held at Chennai on September 28 had set October 7 for declaring the CM candidate.

Amid hectic political parleys going on between two rival camps in Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK to thrash out a consensus on the chief ministerial candidate before the coming assembly polls due early next year, the party leadership has asked all its MLAs to come to Chennai on October 6.

The move is considered significant as the party’s executive meeting held at Chennai on September 28 had set October 7 for declaring the CM candidate. Since then hectic parleys have been going on at the residences of chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister and AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam to reach an amicable solution to the crisis in the party.

The supporters of the two senior leaders are trying to muster support ahead of the D-day. While several ministers supporting Palaniswami have come out in the open declaring him as the unquestioned candidate for the top position, supporters of Panneerselvam have launched a poster campaign in his home district of Theni.

There are also reports that Panneerselvam has opened channels of communication with AMMK leader T T V Dhinakaran. Times of India quoted a close aide of Panneerselvam as saying that the latter is open to mending fences with V K Sasikala and her family if it works out mutually.

OPS associates said a compromise formula (between OPS and EPS) is likely to take shape by Monday, so the party could announce a chief minister candidate for the 2021 assembly election. While the OPS-led group has been insisting on the constitution of a steering committee to administer the AIADMK, EPS has stood firm against such a panel.

A rift between Palaniswami and his deputy strengthened after the latter skipped two important ministry meeting with chief minister Edappady. anneerselvam was shocked when a senior minister, ignoring the formal agenda of the AIADMK executive committee meeting on September 28, suddenly spoke about deciding on a chief ministerial candidate.

In the meeting, several senior ministers urged the party leadership to discuss the Chief Minister candidate, which prompted Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam to allegedly engage in a war of words inside the headquarters.

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