CHENNAI: The general council of AIADMK on Monday appointed former chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as the party’s interim general secretary till the party elects a general secretary.
The top body of the AIADMK removed the rival leader of OPS faction, former chief minister O Pannerselvam, from the party and passed 16 resolutions.
O Pannerselvam left the party headquarters at noon and said he will fight for his post and move the matter to the court. Several leaders belonging to the EPS block have accused Pannerselvam of not sacrificing anything for the party and supporting the rival DMK to destroy AIADMK.
An election will be held within four months to choose the party’s general secretary, sources in AIADMK to The New Indian.
Earlier on Monday, Madras High Court passed a verdict favouring AIADMK leader and former Chief Minister Edapaddy K Palaniswami to hold the party’s general council meeting on Monday. Justice K Ramaswamy passed the verdict dismissing the pleas of former CM O Panneerselvam and others to stop the meeting.
The verdict came on Monday morning when the OPS faction was vying with the rival EPS faction for leadership and demanded the cancellation of the general meeting. In addition, the OPS block demanded dual leadership to continue.
On the other hand, the EPS faction is demanding single leadership after the district secretary meeting in mid-June. EPS, who is succeeded by DMK Chief Minister MK Stalin, enjoys the support of more MLAs and district secretaries than the OPS friction.
Some OPS supporters broke the door of the AIADMK office and clashed with the opposing EPS supporters in Chennai. Following the removal of O Panneerselvam, D Srinivasan will be the party’s new treasurer, AIADMK confirmed to The New Indian.