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AIADMK warns officials against speaking to media

IANS  |  Chennai 

The meeting of district Secretaries, Members of Parliament, Members of Legislature of and others held here on Wednesday in the wake of the dual leadership issue ended without taking any major decisions.

This was the first meeting of the after the drubbing the party got in the Lok Sabha polls. The led alliance lost in 37 of the 38 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Soon after the meeting, in a joint statement, and Joint Coordinator and asked party spokespersons not to speak to the media or post messages in their accounts about the party till the high command makes an announcement.

The two leaders warned party officials of disciplinary action if they speak to the media or post in their account their views as the party views.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, for Fisheries D. Jayakumar said the dual leadership is not an issue at all and was not discussed at the meeting.

The Minister for Milk and Dairy Development K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji said the meeting discussed the party's victory in the Assembly by-elections.

The ruling party has also urged the media not to air the views of individuals.

Recently, Rajan Chellappa, an AIADMK legislator, voiced support for a single leader and reviving the post of

Chellappa, representing the North Assembly constituency, said in on Saturday that there should be a single charismatic leader to steer the party to victory in the local body and Assembly elections.

His statement resulted in the discussion about the dual leadership and the two top party leaders were forced to issue a statement urging partymen not to voice views in public fora about the party and its decisions.

The ruling AIADMK is headed by Coordinator and Deputy Panneerselvam and

The two new party posts were created as a part of the patch-up between the two leaders and their respective factions while freezing the post of on the pretext that no one else should hold that position that was held by late Chief Minister and J.

Meanwhile, the party meeting passed a resolution thanking the people for voting for the AIADMK and its alliance partners in the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections.

The meeting also resolved to follow the path shown by party founder and late Chief Minister and his successor

Two posters - one calling Palaniswami and the other calling Minister for School Education K.A. Sengottaiyan to take the post of General Secretary - created a flutter amongst the party members outside the

The party did not extend an invitation to three - A. Prabhu, T. Kalaiselvan and E. Rathinasabapathy - to attend the meeting.



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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 14:32 IST