For all of the build-up resulting in the announcement, Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK naming incumbent Edappadi Palaniswami as its Chief Ministerial candidate for subsequent 12 months’s elections got here as no shock.
On condition that Mr Palaniswami, or “EPS”, is already Chief Minister, placing out another title a superb seven months earlier than the elections would have led to a lot confusion within the celebration.
What’s vital is that the celebration selected to finish all hypothesis effectively forward of the polls.
The view that deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam or “OPS” desires to be Chief Ministerial candidate has gained foreign money ever since posters surfaced mid-August in his constituency of Periyakulam.
Talks passed off until the early hours of Wednesday, NDTV has learnt from sources. What OPS acquired on the finish of the extended discussions was a steering committee that he had requested for in 2017, when he known as a truce with EPS and returned to the celebration fold.
So the duo put up a united present for celebration cadre, the media, political observers and the individuals of Tamil Nadu. Lastly, EPS introduced the steering committee members and OPS introduced the Chief Ministerial candidate amid cheering and applause.
What is important is that even within the 11-member steering committee, six members are seen as EPS supporters. So the Chief Minister is prone to have the sting not solely within the authorities but additionally in celebration issues.
What has not been spelt out is the powers of the steering committee and the way a lot of a job it can have in selecting celebration candidates for the election. Whether or not it can simply be a discussion board for placing to vote contentious selections on which there is no such thing as a settlement between the highest two will not be clear.
For all sensible functions, it’s EPS Vs the opposition DMK’s MK Stalin within the race for Chief Minister.
The discharge of expelled AIADMK chief VK Sasikala from jail by January could trigger some rumblings throughout the celebration and the federal government earlier than the elections, given her infamous maintain over celebration leaders and caste equations.
EPS would hope that the affect of Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran is minimal. There are experiences that EPS desires to maintain his distance from the BJP as effectively.
Sasikala and OPS belong to the identical Thevar neighborhood. Though OPS had fiercely opposed her takeover of the celebration and the federal government, there have been recommendations that OPS had not too long ago reached out to her nephew Dhinakaran.
On this context, the position of the BJP may very well be essential within the coming months. The notion in Tamil Nadu is that OPS has the help of the BJP. If the BJP have been to again Sasikala-Dhinakaran, with the Deputy Chief Minister within the combine, there might bother for EPS.