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.

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