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AIADMK spat: Madras HC restrains party general council from deciding on single leadership

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With the Madras High Court restraining the AIADMK general council meeting against taking any decision on vesting leadership with a single person, the party meeting took place for a short 40 minutes in Chennai and will reconvene on July 11.

Early this morning, the Madras High Court’s special division bench of Justices M. Duraiswamy and Sundar Mohan passed the order on the petition filed by Co-ordinator O. Panneerselvam.

The order was a big relief for Panneerselvam as he feared being ousted from the double leadership by the rival camp led by Joint Coordinator and former CM Edapaddi K. Palaniswami. It had been expected that Palaniswami would bring forth changes through his loyalists to sideline Panneerselvam.

Earlier on Wednesday, Madras High Court judge Justice Krishnan Ramasamy said courts normally don’t interfere in internal issues of an association/political party, leaving it open to the association/party and its members to pass resolutions and frame a particular bye-law, rule or regulation for better administration of the party.

Following this order of non-interference, a member of the AIADMK’s general council filed an appeal late at night. Justices M Duraiswamy and Sunder Mohan of the Madras High Court agreed to hear the case past midnight. It was around 5 am when the order of the division bench was released and that stopped the party’s general council from taking any decision on single leadership. The order is seen as a setback for Palaniswami, who wants to get rid of the dual leadership with Panneerselvam and be the singular boss.

Now, all eyes are on July 11 for the council meeting.

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