After OPS, EPS spar, AIADMK to announce CM candidate on Oct 7

The AIADMK executive committee on Monday witnessed dramatic moments with Chief Minister and the party joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister and party coordinator O Panneerselvam reportedly engaging in a wordy exchange.

The sharp verbal duel, according to reports, came over differences on who should be the party’s chief minister candidate in the forthcoming 2021 Assembly election.

Later, it was decided that the AIADMK-led alliance’s Chief Minister candidate for the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls will be announced by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam on October 7.

AIADMK’s deputy coordinator KP Munusamy said this after the executive committee meeting of the party which lasted for more than four hours.

The meeting discussed at length the question of whether Palaniswami or Panneerselvam should be the chief ministerial candidate, reports said quoting party sources.

It was finally decided that a formal announcement shall be made next month. In the meeting, competing claims -backed by past events in the party- were reportedly made by both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam to stake claim for being the AIADMK”s chief minister nominee for polls next year, it is said.

The meeting as usual, began as a normal affair, with party seniors like presidium chairman E. Madhusudhanan, party founder MGR’s confidante Panruti S Ramachandran and others arriving for it. A total of 15 resolutions were passed. It was resolved to continue with the two-language policy in Tamil Nadu.