It is said that O. Panneerselvam was caught in the net thrown by Edappadi Palanisamy. O. Panneerselvam is said to have been caught in the net thrown by Edappadi Palanisamy in the AIADMK single leadership affair. The dual leadership emerged after the demise of AIADMK permanent general secretary and former tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. Following Edappadi Palanisamy's consent to remove Sasikala from the party, O. Panneerselvam said OK to the teams merger.
O. Panneerselvam, Edappadi Palanisamy, who made amendments in the AIADMK General Body held after this, created the posts of Coordinator and Co-Coordinator. O. Panneerselvam took over as the coordinator while Edappadi Palanisamy took over as the co-coordinator. As the AIADMK was in power at the time, O. Panneerselvam was given the post of Deputy Chief Minister. Despite the fact that O. Panneerselvam was the co-ordinator, Edappadi Palanisamy took important decisions in the party and the government. No one can deny this.
In this context, the AIADMK, which has been under dual leadership for the last 4 years, is now facing a single leadership issue. At a recent meeting of AIADMK district secretaries, Edappadi Palanisamy's party raised the issue of single leadership. For the past week since then, the AIADMK single-leader affair has been heating up.
O. Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palanisamy have been proving their mettle alternately. Of these, most district secretaries and MLAs are said to support Edappadi Palanisamy. However, O. Panneerselvam's party has also stated that they have the support to compete for this. In this situation, O. Panneerselvam's party is shocked as the support for Edappadi Palanisamy is increasing day by day. Edappadi Palanisamy's party has sketched out the executives who supported O. Panneer Selvam. AIADMK senior leaders T. Jayakumar, Vijayabaskar, Velumani and Thangamani are on the side of Edappadi Palanisamy.
With the overwhelming support of AIADMK volunteers and executives, Edappadi Palanisamy's party is heartbroken that O. Panneerselvam can do nothing for himself. His supporters say Edappadi Palanisamy's long-running efforts to sideline O. Panneer Selvam in the party and lead the party under his leadership, as he did during the last AIADMK regime, have now paid off. It seems that O. Panneerselvam was somehow caught in the trap set by Edappadi Palanisamy.