February 2, 2023
'Two Leaves' Must To Win Polls: Ousted AIADMK Leader To Tamil Nadu''s OPS


OPS stated he wouldn’t discipline any candidate if the BJP decides to contest from the seat.

Expelled AIADMK chief and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) introduced in the present day that his faction would discipline a candidate for the Erode East meeting constituency bypoll scheduled for 27 February.

OPS’ announcement comes a day after the AIADMK beneath the management of Edappadi Palanisamy introduced the get together would contest the seat. In 2021, the seat was given to GK Vasan’s Tamil Maanila Congress that misplaced to Congress candidate from the DMK alliance.

“I have full rights over AIADMK’s two-leaves symbol as I am the party’s coordinator as per election commission records. I will sign as AIADMK Coordinator,” OPS stated justifying his faction’s resolution to contest on the AIADMK’s two-leaves image.

As per the AIADMK’s common council assembly on July 11, E Palaniswami has been elected because the interim common secretary of the get together.

OPS, nevertheless, stated he wouldn’t discipline any candidate if AIADMK’s ally, the BJP, decides to contest from the seat. “It’s a national party and we would pave way for them as this is important for them ahead of Lok Sabha polls”.

The AIADMK’s General Council which had advanced a twin management mannequin beneath OPS and EPS after the dying of Jayalalithaa expelled OPS final yr and elevated EPS because the get together’s Interim General Secretary. This got here months after each leaders had been unanimously elected by get together employees. EPS who instructions help of a majority of the overall council claimed twin management had made decision-making troublesome. The modification additionally made contesting for the get together’s high job troublesome in a bid to what many say scuttle any chief difficult EPS. The get together had suffered three consecutive ballot defeats beneath twin management after Jayalalithaa’s dying.

OPS had known as the overall council convened by EPS with out his data unlawful. Though an order by a single choose of the Madras High Court quashed his expulsion, the division bench upheld the council’s resolution. The Supreme Court is now listening to the enchantment.

Slamming OPS, D Jayakumar, former AIADMK Minister stated “OPS has been isolated. Even the few members who support him will shift to our side”. Amid hypothesis that AIADMK ally BJP contemplates to combat the bypoll alone, senior chief and former Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan stated “The state executive has authorised Tamil Nadu BJP President Annamalai to decide on this”.

The two leaves image may nonetheless be tough as each leaders must signal until the ballot panel recognises the modification, by which case each camps must contest as independents. 

The by-election was known as for after Congress MLA Everaa E  Thirumahan died lately. With Lok Sabha elections due subsequent yr all main events together with the ruling DMK are eager to win this because the consequence could be seen as a attainable prelude to the result of common elections.

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