AIADMK sees the results of the local body as a warning signal
CHENNAI: A joint statement issued by the party coordinator O Panneerselvam and the joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami, after the results of the rural local body were published last week, I was very confident, if not joy. While the AIADMK-led alliance ended in second place, what should concern its leadership is the fact that it granted the opposition a large base of its traditional vote bank in the rural area of Tamil Nadu.
AIADMK leaders, in the future, admit in private that it is a cause for concern. But, although he agrees that the results have triggered alarms before next year's assembly polls, not many are willing to see it as a setback.
The results have caused reactions found among partiers, said a leading AIADMK leader. AIADMK is pleased that EPS, PAHO, Minister K A Sengottaiyan and those with financial muscle, including P Thangamani, S P Velumani and M R Vijayabhaskar, have had good results in their districts. The party that keeps its forte in the kongu belt has also been a relief.
But losses in Thanjavur and Krishnagiri, where deputy party coordinators R Vaithilingam and K P Munusamy are in control, indicate that these leaders have no connection to the people or the cadres, the leader said. With the party settling to function under dual leadership, EPS has little to fear by retaining its control over the government.
A section of the party believes that the results should sound the alarms that all is not well at the party and that you must work harder and reach people with greater vigor. It is a kind of health check in the medium term. There are warning signs, but the results are not a setback, joked a former AIADMK parliamentarian.
In fact, the state dairy minister, K T Rajenthra Bhalaji, appreciated the vigor with which DMK cadres fought in the polls. The fight was only between AIADMK and DMK. While we were satisfied with the belief that we will win, one has to appreciate the DMK workers for their tireless efforts. We will have an internal discussion about this, Bhalaji told reporters in Sivakasi on Sunday. .