Only time will decide if AIADMK needs single/dual leadership: Minister

Chennai: “Only time has to tell whether AIADMK needs single or dual leadership. I am not saying it will be decided by MLAs, ministers or the party leadership, but it should be decided by thousands of cadres,” said fisheries minister D Jayakumar yesterday.

Speaking to reporters he said party workers should toe the partyline by remaining silent and not give a handle to enemies to break the ruling party.

He further claimed that party workers were dutifully carrying forward legacies of AIADMK late leaders M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa.

A senior leader R T Ramachandran had on Sunday backed V V Rajan Chellappa’s pitch for a single leader. However, Jayakumar dismissed the rumours about differences within the party.

The party has called a meeting of its senior leaders. A gag order restraining partymen from airing their views in public has been issued.

The Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, on Sunday warned partymen from avoiding speaking about intra-party affairs as it may become a handle for the opposition to target the ruling party.

NT Bureau