The troubles of OPS began long before his ouster

The SC refused to stay the Tamil Nadu politician’s expulsion from AIADMK, but the once-close aide of party founder Jayalalithaa has been languishing politically

Back in July 2022, six years after party supremo and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha died, the battle between the two warring factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) led by Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) and O Panneerselvam (OPS) reached an ear-splitting pitch. July 11, in particular, was a day of fast-paced developments — the party’s general council appointed EPS as the interim general secretary, expelled OPS from the party, and the local Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) sealed the party headquarters with a notice stating that “it was satisfied with an imminent possibility of a breach of tranquillity, peace, and law and order”. The general council also appointed former minister Dindigul Srinivasan as treasurer, a post that OPS had held. To quell any rebellion, all of OPS’ supporters were also summarily removed from the party.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp