“A petition filed in the High Court against the illegal announcement of election schedule in complete violation of party rules is coming up for hearing on Sunday,” Panneerselvam said. He also wrote a letter to the Election Commission complaining about the “illegal” declaration and requested the Election Commission not to make any changes in the election records in view of the pendency of civil suits.
Apart from EPS, 37 cadres also filed nominations on their behalf, but they will be rejected for not meeting the criteria of the bylaws. Speaking to reporters at his residence soon after Palaniswami filed his nomination at the party headquarters, Panneerselvam likened the GS election to pickpocketing. A general council held on 11 July overturned an earlier decision to have late chief minister J Jayalalithaa as general secretary in perpetuity and amended party bylaws by mandating candidates for the post of general secretary to be proposed and approved by 10 district secretaries. sought to. , The former CM said, “The Election Commission has not recognized the resolutions which were passed illegally.”
Launching a scathing attack on Palaniswami, the OPS said that Palaniswami had resorted to amending the bye-laws to get all the posts to him and his coterie. He alleged that the EPS was responsible for the party’s continuous defeat in the elections and the party’s poor performance in Erode East. Panneerselvam said, “No politician has ever been a supreme dictator in Tamil Nadu. He (EPS) has now reached that stage.” The expelled leader said Palaniswami had on his own created a “wave of protest” against him and the recent “emotional” outburst of one man against the EPS at the Madurai airport echoed the mood prevailing across the state. He announced a public rally in Trichy in the second week of April followed by a district-wise tour to revive the party.
On the possibility of Panneerselvam joining hands with VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran, veteran leader Panaruti S Ramachandran, an OPS supporter, said it would jeopardize Sasikala’s petition against the General Council for her removal from the post of general secretary, while Dhinakaran was running his own operations. Team. “The election of the general secretary by the EPS group is childish as the matter is pending before the court and the Election Commission,” he said. Meanwhile, EPS supporter and former minister D Jayakumar said that OPS was an opportunist and lacked cadre support.