As Panneerselvam reaches Chennai, Palaniswami holds discussions with Ministers

Hours after Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam tweeted that he would take a good decision in the coming days, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami went into a huddle with senior ministers at the secretariat.

The meeting assumes significance in the wake of the ongoing row over the Chief Minister candidate of the AIADMK for the 2021 Assembly elections.

With the October 7 deadline for announcing the ruling AIADMK’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the 2021 elections drawing closer, party coordinator Panneerselvam’s tweet on Monday — “All my decisions have been in the interests of the people of Tamil Nadu and workers of the AIADMK. They will remain so hereafter too” — created a flutter in political circles.

In his tweet Panneerselvam quoted a popular saying of Lord Krishna from Bhagavad Gita: “Whatever happened, happened for good! Whatever happens, happens well! Whatever will happen will happen well!”

Meanwhile, both Panneerselvam, who wound up his visit to his home district Theni on Monday, and Chief Minister K Palaniswami continued informal discussions with party leaders.

A banner, put up at Theni hailing Panneerselvam as the “Chief Minister” was later removed, reportedly on his instruction. Palaniswami held consultations with his Cabinet colleagues in Chennai. OPS has reached Chennai.

Panneerselvam’s message just two days ahead of the announcement of the CM candidate has caused further confusion among the AIADMK cadre about his stand — whether he is intending to take a different decision in the coming days or has arrived at a consensus formula.