AIADMK asks cadre not to speak on leadership
Amidst a debate over the efficacy of the “dual leadership” in the AIADMK after its recent Lok Sabha poll debacle, the party on Sunday gagged its members from publicly commenting on leadership and called for a meeting of its top functionaries on June 12 in Chennai. On Sunday, AIADMK Perambalur district secretary and Kunnam MLA R. T. Ramachandran endorsed Madurai North legislator V.V. Rajan Chellappa’s demand for having a unitary leadership in the party. On Saturday, Mr. Chellappa had opposed the party’s dual leadership — Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam as coordinator and Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami as co-coordinator. However, Ministers Dindigul C. Sreenivasan and M. Manikandan and senior legislator S. Semmalai defended the dual leadership in the party on Sunday.