Chennai: Ahead of the key announcement to be made on Wednesday on who would be the Chief Minister (CM) candidate for the Assembly elections due in seven months time, the differences within the ruling AIADMK is heading for a smooth ending, with Deputy
CM O Panneerselvam announcing that he would take a good decision in the interest of the party and the cadres.
Mr Panneerselvam, who is also the Coordinator of the party and had thrice served as the CM, in a tweet said till now all the decisions he had taken was keeping in mind the interests of the people of Tamil Nadu and the AIADMK cadres.
“It will continue to remain so hereafter”, he said, dropping indications that the open face off he had with co-coordinator and CM Edappadi K Palaniswami on the CM nominee for the Assembly polls in the last week’s executive committee, has been settled.
Quoting Lord Krishna’s versus in Bhagwad Gita, he said, “Whatever happened has happened well. Whatever is happening it is happening well. Whatever will happen will also happen well”, he said, in a virtual climbdown from his hardened stance that he was running for the post of CM in the elections.
Political analysts see Mr Panneerselvam’s message as a positive development and that it has put at rest to speculations on the future course of action to be taken by him.
Mr Panneerselvam’s announcement comes in the backdrop of hectic parleys in both the camps over the last couple of days, with senior Ministers being closeted with Mr Palaniswami and the loyalists of the Deputy CM holding discussions with him in his native Theni district.
After the heated arguments both the leaders had on the issue of the CM candidate at the Executive meeting, which lasted close to five hours last week, Mr Palaniswami, Mr Panneerselvam, Deputy Coordinator K P Munusamy and senior Ministers jointly held crucial discussions.
The meeting witnessed considerable debate with a section of the Ministers wanted to make an announcement to put at rest the debate on the CM candidate issue.
Emerging out after the meeting, Mr Munusamy said, a decision on the CM candidate would be announced on October seven jointly by Mr Palaniswami and Mr Paneerselvam.