Local body bypolls: AIADMK to boycott elections amid leadership crisis | Latest News India

Two senior leaders and key allies of Edappadi Palaniswami have confirmed to HT that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party has decided to boycott the upcoming bypolls of Tamil Nadu’s urban and rural local bodies amid the ongoing leadership crisis.

The State Election Commission has announced the by-elections for more than 500 rural and urban local bodies, of which 34 will be fought under party signs. O Panneerselvam (OPS) wrote to Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) on Wednesday that AIADMK operators are ready to sign authorization papers to fight under a two-leaf symbol but they did not respond.

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“We have made an informal decision to boycott the by-elections considering the changes we are going through,” said a senior party leader and a key associate of the EPS, requesting anonymity.

Another prominent supporter of the EPS, on condition of anonymity, said that when he did not announce the party’s candidates and officials, to whom he would give these official forms.

The OPS said in its letter that the signatures of the coordinator and the EPS joint coordinator are required under the party bylaws approved by the Election Commission to submit the nomination under the symbol of the AIADMK party.

He requested the EPS to sign the A and B form. Due to lack of power, AIADMK activists filed for nominations as independent candidates.

Monday is the last day for submission and Thursday is the last day for withdrawal.

However, official forms may be issued by Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m., the OPS camp said.

“We have not officially selected and announced the party candidates so we have to choose who and what to offer at the last minute, Form A and Form B,” said the second leader quoted above.

“The OPS has just gone to the police and court and created problems in front of the General Council and now they are asking for it,” he said.

The first problematic outcome of the AIADMK crisis was the use of party symbols flashed by the OPS.

R Vaithilingam, Deputy Coordinator of AIADMK, told reporters that the joint signature of the two is required for anyone to submit a nomination under the two-leaf symbol.

“He is elected by a primary member in December 2021 and the system will continue until his 5-year term is over,” he said.

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