AIADMK, which is in the midst of a cold war between the EPS and OPS factions, made no announcement about its chief ministerial candidate for the 2021 Assembly elections, at its executive committee meeting on Monday (September 28). According to cadres, a decision in this regard would have helped in mending internal disputes and quelling rumours of a split.
The party instead passed 15 resolutions against the central government including those pertaining to the release relief funds for COVID-19 and outstanding GST share during the meeting.
In the wake of heated discussions between the factions led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam over the dominance of a particular community in the government during a meeting on September 18, expectations were high that the party would take a call on the CM candidate at the executive committee meet.
It was said that the OPS faction was upset over the alleged sidelining of its prominent leaders and comments of some ministers regarding the chief ministerial candidate. There were also rumours that he is planning to join hands with Sasikala, late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s aide as both belong to the Thevar caste. There were also talks that AIADMK may be merged with Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK.
The developments which spanned over 10 days required the executive committee to take a resolution on the CM candidate for the polls to put all rumours to rest. The resolution, on the contrary, remained silent on the issue and instead criticised the Centre on the fronts of NEET exam, construction of Mekedatu dam and Ministry of Culture-constituted expert panel to study the origin and evolution of Indian culture. It also reiterated that the state will continue its two-language policy and demanded the Centre to release relief money for COVID-19 as well as the state’s outstanding GST share.