The AIADMK leadership may have got a temporary break from its internal problems by avoiding discussion on various issues troubling the party at its June 12 meeting. In spite of that, wait for it in the choosing of candidates for Rajya Sabha relations, the time table for which could be declared in the upcoming days.
With AIADMK coordinator and Deputy CM O Paneerselvam said to meet on June 12 meeting, to declare the names of the 11-member steering committee in two weeks’ time that also is yet to draw any attention so far. In the five days from that meeting, both OPS and joint coordinator and CM Edappadi K Palaniswami were hardly in Chennai, with OPS away in his city and EPS had to be present meetings at New Delhi.
A senior leader said to the media, “There has been no further discussion, within the party, on any issue after the June 12 meeting, barring a closed-door meeting that OPS and EPS had along with party deputy coordinators K P Munusamy and R Vaithilingam soon after that meeting in the AIADMK headquarters. Now that EPS is back in Chennai from New Delhi and OPS expected to return to the city on Monday, things could kickstart.”
The Election Commission had declared the time table for filing six Rajya Sabha seats, which fell vacant, in the Bihar State, Gujarat and Odisha, with a formal notification to be passed. The declaration of schedule for assigning the six Rajya Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu is awaited to be made held next few days. “Despite the differences that continue to exist between them, the two leaders cannot delay deliberation any further. With just a few days for the schedule to be announced and several aspirants from within the party, especially with all the bigwigs now eyeing a seat in the Rajya Sabha, things cannot wait for the long,” the senior leader expressed.
Meantime, the promise created by OPS on the running committee could turn out to be a test for his leadership qualities. “This is not the first time OPS had made tall announcements at such party meetings. In the past also, he had insisted that the steering committee be constituted and that the party go back to the one-leader-one post concept” moreover another AIADMK senior leader stated. “But, he never followed them up in the subsequent meetings. If the same happens this time too, party men will understand he uses such announcements as a diversionary tactic to escape scrutiny, especially in the wake of his recent failed attempt to get a berth for his son in the Union Cabinet,” the leader said.