AIADMK defers decision on Leader of Opposition in Assembly

PTI | Chennai | Updated: 07-05-2021 23:47 IST | Created: 07-05-2021 23:47 IST
AIADMK defers decision on Leader of Opposition in Assembly
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An AIADMK meet of the newly elected party MLAs on Friday ended here without arriving at a decision on who, coordinator O Panneerselvam or co-coordinator K Palaniswami should be the Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

Senior leader and former Minister D Jayakumar, emerging out of the party headquarters following the meet, ruled out any 'confusion' and asserted that an 'unanimous' decision would be reached 'another day' on the question of the LoP.

Reportedly, a consensus on the matter has been eluding the party top brass ever since the results to the Assembly polls were declared on May 2.

Jayakumar, who lost the Assembly polls from Royapuram constituency here, told reporters that it was decided in the meet to continue to work for the people's welfare as before and now in the role of the main opposition party.

He accused DMK workers of resorting to 'unruly' acts even before the party officially assumed power in Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, an AIADMK release said another meeting of the party MLAs would be held on May 10.

Though it did not specify the agenda, the party is expected to again deliberate to decide on whether Panneerselvam or Palaniswami should be the leader of the opposition in the House.

Palaniswami, Chief Minister between 2017 and 2021, had led his party's campaign across Tamil Nadu.

In the 2006 Assembly polls, when AIADMK lost power, Panneerselvam was the leader of opposition for a very short period and then, party supremo Jayalalithaa became the LoP.

Panneerselvam later functioned as deputy leader.

An MLA of the main opposition party, after his or her election as leader of the legislature party, would be designated leader of the opposition in the House.

The AIADMK won 66 segments out of the 234 in the Assembly and its allies, the PMK and BJP, in five and fourseats respectively. Together, the opposition bloc has 75 MLAs.

The DMK won 133 constituencies and along with allies, including Congress, garnered 159 segments.

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