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DMK leadership faces tough time as intraparty polls on

- April 18, 2022

Chennai, April 18 (BPNS)

The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu is facing a tough time to accommodate local leaders into the party hierarchy as several aspirants supported by various leaders are vying for crucial ward-level party posts.

The party has called for nominations to various posts in ward level units and town panchayats, municipalities, and municipal corporations from April 22 and will continue till May the first half.

The party leaders are competing for these posts as these grass-root functionaries are electing party persons to influential posts like district secretaries and secretaries of town panchayats and municipal units.

Almost all the posts would be decided unanimously and in places where there is more than one aspirant the leadership would intervene to make a unanimous choice.

However, with the district secretary post being crucial with several heavy-weight leaders opting for the post of district secretary, the lower-level ward members will be important.

Sources in the party pointed out that ministers are keen that their own hands are becoming district secretaries as the post is very crucial in DMK and hence the lower level posts will be important for the election of district secretaries.

A senior state office bearer of the DMK told BPNS that while 50 percent of the seats will be elected unopposed, in 40 percent there will be tough negotiations and elections will be held only for 10 percent of the seats.

The elections to the lower level posts are taking place once in four years and the local bigwigs of the party who did not contest the Urban local body polls will be keen to enter into the party leadership and a fight will be on between various party factions.