AIADMK co-coordinator O. Panneerselvam's supporters shout slogans as joint-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami's supporters hurl bottles after the former walked out of the party's General Council Meeting, in Chennai, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (PTI Photo)
CHENNAI: The General Council meeting of the AIADMK, to crown its joint coordinator Edappadi K. Palaniswami as the undisputed ‘single leader,’ ended in an impasse less than an hour after it began on Thursday.
There was chaos, heckling, slogan shouting and intemperate behaviour by cadre without transacting any important business other than rejecting the 23 resolutions that were supposed to be passed.
It announced July 11 as the date for the next GC meeting in which the ‘single leadership’ issue would be formalised. Though the plan was to
move a resolution on the need for ‘single leadership’ in the party and
elect Palaniswami unanimously as the general secretary pushing
Panneerselvam to the fringes, the Madras High Court verdict issued at
around 5 am, a few hours ahead of the meeting, prevented them from doing it.
Party coordinator O. Panneerselvam faced hostility at the venue right
from the moment he landed there in a propaganda van, abruptly left the meeting along with his close associates after the contentious ‘single leadership’ issue was discussed.