All eyes are on the meeting of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s executive, scheduled for today, to see how the party is going to resolve the current round of power struggle between the camps led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
Since the General Council has to be convened by the end of this year, the meeting might decide the date for convening it to ratify the decisions to be taken today.
The meeting was being held in the backdrop of recent fissures in the party over who would be the CM candidate for the Assembly elections, with supporters of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami saying he would be the natural choice, while those loyal to Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam asserting that he would be the choice
While Palaniswami’s supporters want him to be projected as the Chief Minister candidate in the coming Assembly election, the other group feels that preference should be given to organisational matters, with an equal representation to members of the Panneerselvam camp. The issue of Chief Mnister candidate could be decided after the Assembly election.
These points were broadly articulated by members of the camp — Electricity Minister and Namakkal strongman of the party P. Thangamani of the Palaniswami group, and former MLAs and organisation secretaries J.C.D. Prabhakar and P.H. Manoj Pandian of the Panneerselvam group — at a meeting of senior functionaries held at the party headquarters about 10 days ago.
Another issue which was expected to be debated was reviving the post of General Secretary, which was abolished after the death of Party Supremo J Jayalalithaa.
Considering the age factor of Party presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan, who would be convening the meeting today, rumours were rife in media circles that a decision on replacing him with Palaniswami and making Panneerselvam as the general secretary. But there was no official word from the party in this regard.