Tamil Nadu

AIADMK sets up district-wise committees for local body polls

As Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam are expected to tour the State for the election campaign, they have not been included in any of the committees

As Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam are expected to tour the State for the election campaign, they have not been included in any of the committees   | Photo Credit: K. V. Srinivasan

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Barring Salem (Urban) and Krishnagiri, panels have been constituted for the remaining 38 party district units

The ruling AIADMK on Monday came out with a list of district-wise committees tasked with monitoring the preparations for the upcoming rural local body polls in 27 districts of the State.

All Ministers and senior functionaries have been deployed for party work. As Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam are expected to tour the State as part of the election campaign, they have not been included in any of the committees. As of now, barring two party districts – Salem (Urban) and Krishnagiri – committees for the remaining 38 districts have been set up.

School Education Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan and Local Administration Minister S.P. Velumani have been put in charge of two party district units each – Erode (Urban and Rural) and Coimbatore (Urban and Rural), respectively. The Salem (Rural) unit, of which Mr. Palaniswami is the district secretary, will be handled by a committee comprising former Ministers C. Ponnaiyan and S. Semmalai. The chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Apex Co-op. Bank, R. Elangovan, and Ulundurpet MLA R. Kumaraguru, both considered close to the Chief Minister, have also been included in the committee for Salem (Rural).

Since some administrative districts, such as Chennai, Villupuram and Vellore, do not have elections, the party has drafted Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar for Tiruvallur West; C.Ve. Shanmugam for Cuddalore West and Commercial Taxes Minister K.C. Veeramani for Tiruvannamalai South.

A notable omission is the party propaganda secretary and four-time Karur MP, M. Thambi Durai, who has not been included in the district committee for Karur, where Transport Minister and the local district secretary, M.R. Vijayabhaskar, will handle election work, along with five others.

Likewise, party deputy secretary and former Minister K.P. Munusamy, who lost to A. Chellakumar of the Congress in the Krishnagiri Lok Sabha constituency, has not yet been included in any of the panels. It remains to be seen whether Mr. Thambi Durai and Mr. Munusamy will be accommodated in the panel for Krishnagiri — their home district.

As a mark of rehabilitation, the party has roped in V. Maitreyan, the former MP who was said to be “sulking for quite some time for having been sidelined”, and M. Manikandan, the Ramanathapuram MLA who was dropped from the State Cabinet in August, for election work. Dr. Maitreyan has been made a member of the committee for Tiruvallur East and Dr. Manikandan, for Ramanathapuram.

The AIADMK has also released its fourth and final list of candidates, pertaining to Virudhunagar district. With this, it has named nominees for as many as 31 party districts.

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