Chennai, Dec 4 (BPNS)
The fight in the opposition AIADMK will be out in the street on Monday, December 5th as the day marks the sixth death anniversary of former Chief Minister and AIADMK leader, J. Jayalalithaa.
While the former Chief Minister and deposed AIADMK leader, O. Paneerselvam will take out a march from Chepauk guest house to the Jayalalithaa memorial and administer an oath to his supporters, the present interim general secretary of the party and former Chief Minister , Edappadi K. Palansiwami (EPS) will conduct a separate meeting with his supporters. Sources in the AIADMK told IANS that EPS will also administer an oath to his supporters.
Interestingly Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) leader, TTV Dhinakaran, and his aunt V.K. Sasikala, who is the former interim general secretary of the AIADMK will take out a rally from Anna square.
D. Jayakumar, AIADMK leader and former minister who is close to EPS while speaking to media persons said, “ There is no split in the AIADMK and the party is led by the EPS. Some people were expelled from the party for they were traitors who tried to have a deal with the DMK.”
It is to be recalled that during last year’s anniversary programmes there was stone pelting on the cars of senior leaders of AIADMK and AMMK and the leaders complained to the police.
The leaders of AIADMK will spot black shirts on Monday during the anniversary programmes.
While OPS is a powerful leader of the Thevar community and both TTV Dhinakaran and Sasikala are from the same community, the Thevar community elders had taken up the matter of a unified AIADMK with the national leadership of the BJP. The possibilities of the BJP’s central leadership including Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervening in the matter are high after the Gujarat elections. The BJP does not want the AIADMK to wither away and provide the DMK, the whole Dravidian political space in Tamil Nadu.