OPS: From Jayalalithaa’s reliable stop-gap CM to political isolation

The ousted AIADMK coordinator, O. Panneerselvam, who came from nowhere to become Prime Minister in September 2001 and has survived several political challenges since then, has stood isolated from the party.

Since the State’s electoral political history has been bad for those who left the two main parties-the DMK and the AIADMK-over the past 50-odd years, Mr. Panneerselvam appears to be faced with a dark future because he has limited options. As one of his colleagues said, Mr. may need to. Panneerselvam to tread the path followed by sidelined former interim general secretary, VK Sasikala, and AMMK general secretary TTV Dhinakaran, who was removed from the party five years ago after the camps of Edappadi K. Palaniswami and G .Panneerselvam together.

It remains to be seen if Mr. Panneerselvam will work with Ms. Sasikala and Mr. Dhinakaran. Since he is also known as an open fan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it will be interesting to see how he approaches the BJP in the future, and the latter’s response to his bereavements.

In fact, Mr. Panneerselvam’s “soft corner” element for Ms. Sasikala was featured by former Minister Dindigul C. Sreenivasan at the general council meeting on Monday as one of the reasons for action against him. Mr. Sreenivasan recalled that in March, at Mr. Panneerselvam’s farm house, Theni district secretary SPM Syed Khan passed a motion, calling for the re -admission of Ms. Sasikala, who contradicted the party’s position on the issue.

Since the controversy over the nature of leadership erupted almost a month ago, the Palaniswami camp has been describing Mr. Panneerselvam as one who adopted a “friendly disposition” towards DMK. At the general council, speakers questioned his loyalty to the party, pointing out that Mr. Panneerselvam told the Assembly last year that his father was a great fan of DMK leader Karunanidhi, and that he had memorized the Karunanidhi dialogues from Tamil film. Parasakthi (1952). Their contention was that such admiration would not have been prevalent among the “true followers” ​​of party founder MG Ramachandran, who called Karunanidhi an “evil force”.

On the issue of Sasikala, Mr. Panneerselvam insisted that it was for the party headquarters to call. As for the honesty mess, Kovai Selvaraj, a spokesman for his camp, said what the former coordinator said pertained to the position until MGR’s departure from DMK in 1972, and it has nothing to do with the present.

When asked if the absence of Mr. Panneerselvam will weaken the party in districts south of Madurai, RB Udhayakumar, secretary of Puratchi Thalaivi Peravai, replied in the negative, and said that if one goes into the history of AIADMK, the leaders who were once prominent in the party would not became famous in politics after they left the organization. These include VR Nedunchezhiyan, SD Somasundaram, and Su. Thirunavukkarasar. “What is more important is the party and its symbol, the‘ two leaves ’,” Mr Udhayakumar said.

One factor that may favor Mr. Panneerselvam is the time. Elections in the Lok Sabha are only set for 2024, with him hoping to be included in the formation that will emerge successful in the polls.