A popular face in the television debates on behalf of the AIADMK, Palanisamy's dismissal had raised several eyebrows.

AIADMK to reconsider decision expelling spokesperson PalanisamyImage: Twitter/ANI
news Politics Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 09:50

The ruling AIADMK may reconsider re-admitting its recently dismissed spokesperson and former parliamentarian KC Palanisamy, a senior party leader said.

This comes after reports that the recent dismissal of spokesperson Palanisamy has not gone down well within the party.

"The decision seems to have been taken in a hurry. The party could have resorted to alternate actions," the leader told IANS, preferring anonymity.

AIADMK's Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneeerselvam and Joint Coordinator and Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on March 16 dismissed Palanisamy from the party's primary membership.

The spokesperson had taken a slightly different stand from that of the party leadership over the no-trust vote introduced in the Lok Sabha by the Telugu Desam Party against the BJP-led Central government.

On March 16 Palanisamy told IANS: "If the Centre refuses to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC) as the Supreme Court ordered, the AIADMK may support the no-trust motion."

However, the decision to dismiss Palanisamy dented the ruling party's image on its stand on the Cauvery water issue as the entire opposition has been demanding the AIADMK party with 37 members in the Lok Sabha to announce that it would vote against the Central government.

It was Palanisamy who first opposed the election of Sasikala as the party's General Secretary and petitioned the Election Commission.

Articulate and a popular face in the television debates on behalf of the AIADMK, Palanisamy's dismissal raised eyebrows within and outside the party.

Several senior partymen expressed their concern to the top party leadership. Given this situation, the party leadership may reconsider its decision against Palanisamy, it is learnt.

The party also plans to appoint functionaries at the grassroots level that would include a sizeable number of women, the party leader said.

"The selected persons will be those who have a good reputation at the grassroots level and who are loyal to the party," he added.

According to him, there will be women officials as well.

The party in recent times has weeded out around 3,500 party functionaries said to be loyal to the sidelined leaders like VK Sasikala, jailed in a corruption case, and TTV Dinakaran.


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