The Madras High Court has given the green light to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to continue the election process for the position of general secretary. However, the court ordered that the results of the election should not be made public yet. This ruling comes after the O Panneerselvam faction challenged the selection process for the position of AIADMK general secretary in court.
The Justice K Kumaresh Babu of Madras High Court has granted the request for a temporary stay on revealing the election results until the petitioners’ requests for relief have been resolved. The court has scheduled another hearing on March 22 to continue deliberations on the interim plea. On March 26, a vote will be held to elect the new AIADMK general secretary.
The AIADMK has been experiencing a power struggle between the two factions led by current Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. The election for the party’s general secretary is crucial in determining which faction will have the upper hand in the AIADMK.
The ruling party is seeking to fill the position left vacant by the death of former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in 2016. The decision on the general secretary’s election will have a significant impact on the party’s future direction and its role in Tamil Nadu politics.