Tamil Nadu: Edapaddi Palaniswamy continues battle in EC by filing fresh affidavits of general council members | Chennai News


CHENNAI: AIADMK interim general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami has launched a fresh round of battle by collecting fresh affidavits from the members of the party general council, “unequivocally supporting” him as the interim general secretary and endorsing the appointment of election officers for the conduct of the election for general secretary and all other resolutions passed in the general council meeting held two months ago.
Senior leader and RS MP C Ve Shanmugam submitted the sworn affidavits to the Election Commission on Wednesday evening.
The sworn affidavits were collected from the members, who attended and those who could not attend the general council meeting on July 11. “I completely support the amendments to the rules and regulations of the party for abolishing the posts of coordinator and joint coordinator and reinstituting the position of general secretary, who the primary members of the party will elect,” an affidavit said. The affidavits were submitted to the party headquarters in the last two days after an urgent message was sent across to the district secretaries last week, along with sample affidavits, asking them to focus on the “very significant” work on hand. The election commission is yet to acknowledge the previous submissions of Palaniswami about his election to the post of interim general secretary and the amendments made to scrap the dual leadership posts.
“We are the AIADMK. We have submitted the resolutions passed by the general council. Our demand to the election commission is to accept the resolutions of the general council of the AIADMK headed by EPS as its interim general secretary and release them on its website,” Shanmugam told reporters in Delhi. The EPS camp told the election commission that he enjoyed the support of 2,532 out of 2,663 members of the general council, 61 MLAs and three MPs. Former chief minister O Panneerselvam had informed the commission and state assembly earlier that the general council meeting was illegal, and so were the resolutions passed at the council.
The EPS camp is aggressively taking its fight to complete the election for the post of general secretary by November as per the general council decision. In their sworn affidavits, the members extended support “wholeheartedly” to the amendments to the eligibility criteria for a person to contest the election for the general secretary. The eligibility criteria says the general secretary candidate should be a member of the party for 10 years, a headquarters functionary for five years, and should be proposed and seconded by 10 district secretaries each.





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