Party time

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 11, 2018 12:49 PM IST


With the Election Commission giving the nod to the amended rules and regulations of the ruling AIADMK, the position of party co-ordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and joint co-ordinator and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has been strengthened. More than power, it is a huge responsibility on the EPS-OPS duo as they now have to successfully carry forward the legacy of MGR and Jayalalithaa. A party of over 1.5 crore workers is no ordinary thing and the popularity the AIADMK and its two leaves symbol enjoy among the masses is incredible.

Going by the way Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are running the government and the party without Jayalalithaa and despite facing so many troubles in the past 1.5 years, it can be expected that they would run the show in the years to come too, along the path laid by 'Amma'. Perhaps for this reason, the amended rules of the party say Jayalalithaa shall be the 'eternal' general secretary.

'As per wishes of the members of the party and the party cadre, Puratchi Thalaivi Dr J Jayalalithaa shall be the eternal general secretary of the party and no person shall be elected appointed/nominated to that post,' the party said, adding: 'The co-ordinator and joint co-ordinator, elected by the party general council, shall hold respective posts for five years and are fully authorised to relax or make alterations to any of the rules and regulations'. With Lok Sabha elections and local body polls set to happen in the near future, it is time for Palaniswami and Panneerselvam to prove that not just the party, but the people too are on their side.