The Supreme Court will on Wednesday consider a petition filed by former Tamil Nadu chief minister and top AIADMK leader Edappadi K Palaniswami to overturn a Madras High Court decision that prevented the party’s general council from standing. take a decision on the matter of management before its July 11 meeting. .
While the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is currently run under the dual leadership of Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, the former in his appeal to the supreme court claimed to have the support of 2,190 general council members, nearly all the base. of the party, to restore the single leadership of the party.
In his petition filed through lawyer Balaji Srinivasan, the former TN chief minister claimed that as the party’s coordinator, Panneerselvam’s “vexatious and damaging” actions have crippled the party.
Leadership discussion at the next council meeting was blocked on June 23 by the Madras High Court on a petition filed by Mr Shanmugham, described by Palaniswami as an agent acting on behalf of Panneerselvam. The petition filed by Palaniswami was mentioned in the Supreme Court on Monday, which adjourned the case to July 6 for a hearing. The case will be brought before a bench of judges Dinesh Maheshwari and Krishna Murari.
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The petition, while revealing the division within the party leadership, criticized the High Court’s decision to “interfere with the internal working mechanism” of the AIADMK’s decision-making process by ordering that no resolution be adopted on matters other than those listed. in the agenda.
“The ordinance in effect creates a power of veto in favor of the respondent (Panneerselvam), which is not provided for in the statutes…. The challenged order, if allowed to continue, will cripple the internal democracy of the party and the free, fair and unhindered discussions that are the philosophy of the AIADMK party,” the petition reads.
In September 2017, when AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa was hospitalized, followed by his death in December of the same year, the AIADMK general council appointed Panneerselvam as coordinator and Palaniswamy as co-coordinator for a five-year period. It was supposed to be on an experimental basis; since the said decision was not approved by the subsequent council held in 2021, the terms of the said positions had expired, Palaniswamy said in his petition.
“Due to the actions of Respondent 2 (Panneerselvam), the AIADMK has reached a point where it can no longer function,” the petition states, further alleging that due to Panneerselvam’s lack of cooperation, the party no longer was unable to present its candidates in the by-elections. to 34 wards of local state bodies, for which the last date for submitting applications was June 27.
Panneerselvam, being also the treasurer of the party, failed to issue payments for salaries and other party expenses, thus harming the interests of the party, according to the petition.
According to the party statutes, the only requirement to call a meeting is to give 15 days notice of said meeting, which was followed in this case.
“Therefore, the divisional bench (of Madras HC) need not interfere with the democratic internal workings of Respondent 3 (AIADMK),” Palaniswamy said, pointing out that even in the past, the statutes of the parties have been modified without being part of the agenda of the General Council meeting.