In what’s being seen as a setback for AIADMK’s No. 2, former Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, the Madras Excessive Courtroom has restrained the occasion’s basic council to be held at the moment from taking any choice on the one management formulation he has been pushing.
The occasion’s highest decision-making physique can solely undertake the 23 resolutions already listed, the division bench dominated in an interim order after a late-night listening to.
One of many petitioners, a basic council member Shanmugam, had appealed in opposition to the court docket’s order yesterday, which had refused to move such a ruling. He has challenged the occasion’s inner elections, and he desires no selections on management taken earlier than his case is settled.
Yesterday, the court docket had refused to restrain the Common Council assembly. This had raised hopes for Mr Palaniswami or EPS, who hopes to get himself elevated as Common Secretary of the occasion.
His rival and current occasion boss O Panneerselvam or OPS desires the twin management format within the occasion to proceed.
Yesterday, within the court docket, OPS’s legal professionals argued that he wouldn’t enable any modification or resolutions on the basic council aside from the 23 already introduced to him.
Nevertheless, EPS’s legal professionals argued that it might’t be assured, as discussions occur based mostly on what the members assume.
One other member of the final council sought a keep on the meet, saying its agenda hasn’t been shared.
Hassle began final week after supporters of EPS proposed the thought of a single management below him on the district secretaries’ meet.
Nevertheless, OPS wished a high-level committee, comprising senior leaders who had labored with occasion founder MGR and Jayalalithaa, to be constituted to information the management.
He argued, that after Jayalalithaa’s demise the occasion’s basic council had developed the twin management mannequin and declared late Jayalalithaa because the occasion’s everlasting basic secretary. He added any modification can be a “betrayal”.
Jayalalithaa had twice hand-picked OPS to be her stand-in Chief Minister when she needed to step down following her conviction. Although OPS was elevated for the third time simply earlier than she died, Jayalalithaa’s aide VK Sasikala, who briefly took over the occasion, changed him with EPS after he rebelled in opposition to her.
Nevertheless, each leaders patched up and expelled Ms Sasikala when she was in jail. OPS turned the primary within the occasion and EPS his deputy. Within the authorities, OPS turned Chief Minister EPS’s deputy.
Throughout his four-year time period as chief minister, EPS consolidated his place and introduced the occasion below his management.
Chatting with NDTV, senior chief and former Minister D Jayakumar stated, “The rank and file of the occasion need EPS to be the Common Secretary. We’ll transfer a decision.”
He denied that the transfer may set off a break up within the occasion and stated singular management was “the necessity of the hour”.
There was a celebration with firecrackers at OPS’s residence after this growth. A pacesetter near him stated, “OPS will attend the assembly.”
The assembly venue at Vanagaram, simply outdoors Chennai, has come below police management as OPS apprehended violence and the court docket ordered police safety.
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