AIADMK: Why was Vijayabaskar given party post?

By Balasubramani Muniyandi Published on Sep 15, 2018 04:09 PM IST

Chennai: The past couple of days has been very hectic for the AIADMK with various party and organisational posts being filled in a hurry. With the district secretaries meeting to be held 19 September, the days ahead also seem to be action-packed.

The announcement of the appointment of Health Minister C Vijayabaskar as the party's organising secretary yesterday took everyone by surprise.

The move became a point of debate, especially at a time when the Opposition has been demanding the sacking of the Minister following the I-T raids on his properties and his alleged involvement in the gutkha scam.

Political observers see this step as a precautionary measure by the party.

"With Vijayabaskar under the radar for all the wrong reasons, his ministership has come under scrutiny. The party must have given him the post to ensure that he is given prominence in the party even if he loses his place in the Cabinet," said Umesh Subramani, a political observer.

Umesh also said the strain in the relationship between the State and Central governments is the reason behind the sudden announcements by the AIADMK as they are gearing up to face the elections alone.

"While it was speculated that the AIADMK and BJP might forge an alliance ahead or post the Lok Sabha polls, the rift in the relationship between State and Central governments became evident in the way Tamilnadu came down heavily on the Centre regarding the fuel price hike," he added.

Health Minister Vijayabaskar

A party cadre, on condition of anonymity, said, "These moves have been made to strengthen the party to face the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Giving cadres posting ahead of the election will boost their morale and help in their active participation during canvassing," he said.

He further said key postings have been given to former MLAs and MPs in order to encourage and satisfy their supporters.

Deputy Coordinator K P Munuswamy has said the steering committee, promised during the merger, will be set up soon.

A section of the cadres, however, does not seem too happy about the announcements as they feel these decisions have been taken in haste. The most notable aspect in these appointments is the way former MLAs and MPs have been given prominence.

"If filling the vacant posts and boosting cadres' morale is the reason for the appointments, then postings should have been given to the cadres working from the bottom up and not those who were already MLAs or MPs," said, a dissenting cadre.

FILLED UP

A total of 38 postings in the party and associate organisations have been filled in the past two days following a high-level meeting chaired by AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami.