EPS elected general secretary of AIADMK; Ops Expelled: All We Know By Now

Amid a tussle between two top political leaders of Tamil Nadu’s opposition party AIADMK, the Madras High Court has allowed Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) to hold a meeting of the General Council on Monday. In the meeting, Edappadi Palaniswami was elected as the interim general secretary of AIADMK. In addition, the AIADMK General Council held a meeting of O Panneerselvam, expelled from the party’s primary membership and the post of treasurer. Supporters of Panneerselvam have also been expelled.

The High Court had dismissed AIADMK leader and former coordinator O Panneerselvam’s plea seeking a stay on the conduct of the GM meeting at a marriage hall.

AIADMK headquarters secretary EPS faction started the meeting on Monday. The EPS and others paid floral tributes at the portraits of MGR and J Jayalalithaa at the general council meeting.

Here are 10 points on what is happening in Tamil Nadu politics:

1. Tamil Nadu politics is facing a power struggle between the camps of Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) and O Panneerselvam (OPS) with the opposition Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

2. Since Jayalalithaa’s demise in 2016, the party has been following a dual leadership formula with EPS as co-coordinator and OPS coordinator.

3. However, the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Joint Coordinator EPS demanded the conversion of AIADMK into a single proprietor party.

4. On the other hand, the OPS faction rejected 23 proposals of the members of the General Committee, which were presented last month. The OPS faction wants the dual leadership pattern to continue in the party.

5. Palaniswami favors a single leadership in the party and his camp was keen to pass a resolution in the said regard during the June 23 meeting, while Panneerselvam claimed that the general body could not pass the resolution without his signature as per the party. can. bye-laws

6. Since the meeting of the District Secretary on June 14, the voices for a single leadership in the party have intensified. Both the camps held several rounds of talks to resolve the issue but were unsuccessful. The OPS had also written a letter to the EPS seeking postponement of the general body meeting citing a “confused situation” in the party, which was rejected by the AIADMK co-coordinator.

7. In comparison to the OPS, the EPS enjoys the support of a larger number of party MLAs and district secretaries. Amidst all this drama, longtime Ops loyalists also joined the EPS camp. On Tuesday, Tiruvallur district secretary Alexander and Puducherry state secretary Anbalagan extended their support to the EPS.

8. Today, July 11, AIADMK General Council meeting under the chairmanship of E Palaniswami is underway at the party office in Vanagaram; 16 resolutions are expected to be passed.

9. The AIADMK General Council adopts resolutions to revive the post of General Secretary and ensure the election of one person to the post by the primary members of the party. Election will be held 4 months from now

10. Edappadi Palaniswami was elected as the interim general secretary of AIADMK at the General Council meeting in Vanagaram.

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