New Delhi: Ahead of the state assembly session beginning later this month, a faction-riddled AIADMK legislator party will meet next week to nominate its deputy leader and chief whip. These appointments have been delayed amidst reports of differences between former Chief Ministers E Palaniswami and O Panerselvam.
Amid Reports of Sasikala’s Return, AIADMK Calls Crucial Meet to Elect Deputy Leader and Cheif WhipThe waters have been further muddied by speculations over the return of VK Sasikala to active politics. The one-time aide of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had announced her exit from the party affairs just ahead of the state assembly elections in March this year.
These reports gained ground when several audiotapes of Sasikala were released by her supporters in which she was heard speaking to several AIADMK functionaries regarding her comeback.
The audio which was released showed Sasikal speaking to a group of leaders which included M. S. M. Anandan who has served as Minister for Forests in the state government.
In the audio, she can be heard saying that the party is getting ruined which pains her a lot and thus she will make a comeback to put the party back in its former glory.
Meanwhile, the AIADMK leaders have made it clear that there is no place for Sasikala and her family in the party
Former CM Edapaddi K. Palaniswami and leader of opposition in the current assembly said that the party was in capable hands and was better without her.
Former Deputy CM O Paneerselvam has however maintained a studied silence on the issue.
Back in March, Paneerselvam had said that despite the objections from the party the re-induction of Sasikala could be considered.
Moreover, the party has failed to elect a deputy leader and party whip even after a month of the elections indicate that there may be a difference of opinion in the party
It all started on January 27 when Sasikala was released from Bangalore’s Parapana Jail after serving four years in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.
She immediately approached the court against the then CM Palaniswami and Deputy CM Panneerselvam to get back the AIADMK symbol.
This caused a political storm in the state but was soon followed by her surprising decision to quit politics.
When Amma was alive they were like a sister implementing the idea, and I am the same after she passed away.” she had said while announcing her decision.
The meeting in Chennai on June 14 is an important one for AIADMK which may show how united the party is behind the Palaniswami-Panneerselvam leadership.