OPS faction is being ignored By Ruling AIADMK ?
Amidst simmering discord between cadres of the erstwhile AIADMK factions, party coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Sunday, in a series of tweets, called upon partymen to remain united in the path shown by late leader Jayalalithaa.
His call for unity came against the backdrop of his supporters exchanging heated words with loyalists of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at a party function in Tirupur on Sunday. A day earlier, Mr. Panneerselvam’s supporters were hurt that his name was included in a plaque unveiled during the installation of a mast only at the eleventh hour.
There is a feeling that Mr. Panneerselvam’s faction is being ignored after the Election Commission’s decision to award the ‘two leaves’ symbol to the ruling party.
A party veteran, who was with Mr. Panneerselvam when he rebelled against V.K. Sasikala, said, “These incidents could be and should be avoided in the interest of the party. Like what Amma(Jayalalithaa) did in 1989, functionaries from the factions, which existed before the merger, should be given party postings. In the meantime, the Chief Minister should not attend functions (where Mr. Panneerselvam is sidelined) and not allow ‘immature’ Ministers to organise such meetings.”
Electricity Minister P. Thangamani brushed aside claims of discontent among functionaries. “It may have happened in some place, but there is no discontent among our partymen. We are all together,” he insisted.