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AIADMK at crossroads: Midlife disaster in get together’s golden jubilee yr | Chennai Information

Because the AIADMK gears up for its fiftieth birthday, the get together has the most important battle on its arms — to outlive an influence tussle. With O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Okay Palaniswami on one facet and J Jayalalithaa confidante V Okay Sasikala on the opposite, the battle for energy might show robust, and it might shake the get together’s basis.
On October 16, eight months after her grand highway present and return from Bengaluru to Chennai, Sasikala would renew her political journey, one which was minimize brief by her conviction in 2017 within the disproportionate property case. On October 16, she is going to go to the memorials of former chief ministers Jayalalithaa, M G Ramachandran and C N Annadurai. The struggle for custody of the AIADMK is sure to overshadow the AIADMK’s golden jubilee celebrations.
Sasikala is about to go to MGR’s T Nagar residence and Ramavaram Gardens the place she would garland the statue of the chief that she unveiled in 2017, in all probability signalling her comeback to energetic politics. Whereas lots of her loyalists have been expelled by the AIADMK, the close-aide of Jayalalithaa continues to remain within the limelight with the erstwhile AIADMK organ Dr Namadhu MGR, now within the arms of her nephew, AMMK chief T T V Dhinakaran, publishing her phone conversations with loyalists. “She continues to obtain calls from throughout the state, principally disgruntled cadres irritated by the twin management and their weakened positions inside the get together. The calls are from Erode and Tirupur within the western belt (thought-about the turf of EPS),” mentioned a detailed affiliate. Sasikala had spoken to the cadres of Edappadi too, the native of former CM EPS, who has emerged as her largest adversary.

Sasikala will observe up her memorial go to with a tour of the state. Although no agency plans have been introduced, Sasikala had made it clear throughout her ‘cadre outreach’ that she wouldn’t stay a mute spectator when the cadres are distressed by the ‘goings on’ inside the get together. Within the AIADMK, the EPS camp particularly, is kind of smug about its meeting election efficiency with out Jayalalithaa and Sasikala to steer them. It has been agency about protecting ‘the outsiders’ at bay. Having misplaced a straight third win by a margin of solely 20 lakh votes, the AIADMK received 66 seats, 35 of that are within the Kongu-western area.
For his half, OPS has sought to stay accommodative relating to Sasikala, to checkmate the EPS camp and have his say within the get together. Sasikala had visited OPS to condole the loss of life of his spouse, P Vijayalakshmi, final month in Chennai.
C Ponnaiyan, one of many founding members of the AIADMK and former minister, mentioned the 1.5 crore cadres of the get together could be the deciding issue. “We’ve got been getting alongside nicely with out Sasikala. The place is the query of reinducting her into the get together?” mentioned the senior chief. He identified that the AMMK couldn’t win even a single seat within the meeting election. “So long as the ‘two leaves’ image stays and MGR’s title and fame continues, no cut up will hurt the AIADMK. This has been our expertise,” mentioned Ponnaiyan.
However EPS and OPS are not any match for MGR, and sustaining the get together underneath a twin management might show a mighty problem. There’s mistrust between the 2 leaders and their co-existence is a necessity. “The 2 leaders realise they want one another to carry the get together reins tight. Any loosening of the grip might imply the top of their management position,” mentioned a senior chief.
Recalling the occasions resulting in MGR floating the AIADMK on October 17, 1972, former minister H V Hande, who was elected MLA of Swatantra Get together in 1971 from Park City, mentioned, “It’s certainly a tricky job for OPS and EPS now.” Hande had served as well being minister in MGR’s cupboard and had intently noticed the matinee idol evolve as a charismatic and profitable politician.
After MGR’s loss of life in 1987, the get together suffered a cut up. Hande, the then deputy basic secretary of the AIADMK, sided with Jayalaltihaa. One other deputy basic secretary, S Ragavanandam stood by Janaki Ramachandran faction. The dispute acquired the election fee freezing the two-leaves image. After Janaki withdrew from politics and Jayalalithaa regained the united AIADMK and the ‘two leaves’ image, they proved a formidable rival for the DMK. Sasikala has usually recalled the 1987 cut up and the next reunion of the factions throughout her current conversations with get together cadres to drive residence the purpose that she would repeat what her good friend Jayalalithaa did.
Former AIADMK MP Okay C Palanisamy says the absence of tall leaders within the get together at present is telling. “The get together continues to be concerned by an influence tussle. Palaniswami appears to have gotten the backing of the BJP. So, Panneerselvam must be associates with him. Sasikala has neither the assist of the BJP nor EPS. The cadres are upset. And the get together is riddled with contradictions and divided by caste allegiances, one thing unparalleled through the MGR and Jayalalithaa days,” mentioned Palanisamy.
Now, with the Kodanad investigation gaining momentum and EPS being dragged into the murky centre of the heist-cummurder thriller, agonising days are forward for the 50-year-old AIADMK.

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