The AIADMK's decision to end the partnership with the NDA at national and state levels may put the BJP at a disadvantage in winning Tamil Nadu. The BJP had been piggybackriding on the Dravidian party.
Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer, Satyabrata Sahoo, has written a letter to leaders of both groups of the AIADMK, former Chief Ministers, Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) and O Panneerselvam (OPS), inviting them to attend a meeting in Chennai on the proposal for use of remote electronic voting machine to help migrants cast their votes.
The meeting with leaders of all political parties is slated for January 16 in Chennai with a view to gather their opinion on the proposal.
Though EPS claims that he alone represents the AIADMK and that OPS had been removed from post of party co-ordinator and primary membership of the party, the State election department continues to go by the earlier election in the AIADMK wherein OPS was elected as co-ordinator and EPS as joint co-ordinator.
The claims of these groups still pending before the Supreme Court and the Election Commission of India.
Both EPS and OPS have now been invited to this meeting with the Chief Election Officer.
Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, M. Appavu, too recognises only the old posts, with OPS continuing to occupy the chair of Deputy Leader of Opposition in the front row designated for the opposition leaders. This had led to a boycott by the EPS group.