‘No role for national parties in Tamil Nadu’

Senior AIADMK leaders say forthcoming election will be a direct contest between AIADMK and DMK, reiterate that Sasikala’s release will not affect the party

Published: 10th January 2021 07:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2021 07:29 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam greeting Aiadmk functionaries at the general council meeting at Vanagaram in Chennai on Saturday | Ashwin Prasath

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam greeting Aiadmk functionaries at the general council meeting at Vanagaram in Chennai on Saturday | Ashwin Prasath

Express News Service

CHENNAI: National parties can sit in the audience gallery and watch the Dravidian majors fight it out. This was the message delivered at the AIADMK general council meeting on Saturday. “They (national parties) do not matter, because they are yet to take roots in this State,” said party deputy coordinator KP Munusamy.

“The national parties are piggybacking on the AIADMK or the DMK. So, the forthcoming elections too is a direct contest between the AIADMK and the DMK. The national parties are just an audience, because that is what they can do here. So, our only enemy is the DMK,” added Munusamy.     

Strongly indicating that Sasikala’s release would not have any impact on the AIADMK, Munusamy said, “There are no sleeper cells in the AIADMK anymore because the coordinator and joint coordinator are functioning in a manner that would create confidence among the cadre. Some may have sleeper cells in their imagination. No one will go out of the party now.”

Without naming VK Sasikala, Munusamy said, “If she gets released, nothing will happen. When she comes out, she has a thousand and one problems to face. But a section of the media and other forces are trying to create a confusion among us by triggering this issue. We have to be careful with them because we have just three months for the elections and our focus must be on winning it.” He added, “There are certain forces here hoping to bring the 50-year-Dravidian rule in the State to an end.”   

AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam, in his 30-minute speech, praised the government headed by CM Palaniswami for earning the goodwill of the people. He said that it had been functioning well on the path shown by the late leader Amma (J Jayalalithaa). “Wherever we go, people say this government is functioning efficiently and unitedly. As far as I know, a ruling party never earned such goodwill so far. It is our duty to convert this goodwill into votes in the Assembly elections,” Panneerselvam added. The meeting also endorsed the constitution of the 11-member steering committee for the party. 

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