"OPS In League With DMK": New AIADMK Boss After Expelling Rival

"OPS In League With DMK": New AIADMK Boss After Expelling Rival

AIADMK Interim General Secretary E Palaniswamy (or EPS) launched a frontal attack on rival O Panneerselvam (or OPS), who was ousted from the party after an end to the dual leadership system.

“OPS has unleashed violence and taken away party belongings from the office, in league with the DMK government,” EPS alleged. “Police did not give security to the AIADMK headquarters despite pleas. This is proof of the deteriorating law and order.”

After a week-long process that saw major changes at Tamil Nadu’s main opposition party AIADMK, this was just days after the buildup. Scrapping the posts of Coordinator and Joint Coordinator — held by OPS and EPS, respectively — the party General Council with over 2,500 members chose to have one supreme General Secretary. Technically the position is only with EPS until election. OPS has been expelled due to “anti-party” activities.

“Anyone can become the General Secretary”, EPS declared, noting that OPS had refused to listen to party leaders who demanded one leader. EPS claims that OPS spoke with senior leaders several times.

“I know what I went through under the dual leadership,” he said. “I have been a loyal party worker, as MLA, MP, minister and chief minister. I have been a party worker since childhood and continue to do so. The party is my life.