All India Anna Dramuk Kazhagam (AIADMK) days after facing poll failure held its meeting and dropped hints that the party will continue to have dual leadership with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami being co-coordinator and his deputy O Panneerselvam the party convenor and coordinator.
If reports to be believed that meeting that was called to discussed the poll debacle did not take up the issue of two power centres in the party. The meet was attended by several office bearers of the party including district secretaries, MPs, MLAs and Ministers.
It should be noted many party leaders have raised the issue of having single leadership in the party after its crushing defeat in the recently held national polls. It was expected that the issue would be take up at the meeting.
However, senior party leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar speaking to media after the meeting made it clear that the issue was not discussed in the meeting. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, AIADMK Minister said that all these things are just gossip and rumours. ‘There is no truth in it” he said after the two-hour-long meeting.
He added that the Tamil Nadu ruling AIADMK poor performance was only discussed in the meeting.
Earlier, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on June 7 dismissed reports about the rift within the AIADMK–BJP Alliance. Reportedly AIADMK who won a single seat in an alliance with the BJP from Tamil Nadu was reportedly upset after it failed to get a cabinet berth in the Modi Cabinet 2.0.
This was the first meeting after the party’s poor show in the recent Lok Sabha elections. AIADMK led Alliance of which BJP was a part lost 37 seats out the 38 Lok Sabha seat. With Panneerselvam’s son, P Raveendranath was the lone winner from Theni constituency.
DMK who led the Secular Progressive Alliance of which Congress, communist parties, Vaiko’s MDMK and Dalit outfit VCK were a part, had won 37 of the 38 Parliamentary seats that went to polls in Tamil Nadu.
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