The meeting of AIADMK district Secretaries, Members of Parliament, Members of Legislature of Tamil Nadu and others held in Chennai on Wednesday in the wake of the dual leadership issue ended with a directive of not speaking to the media.This was the first meeting of the AIADMK after the drubbing the party got in the Lok Sabha polls. The AIADMK led alliance lost in 37 of the 38 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
After the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam and Chief Minister K Palaniswami, in a joint statement, asked the party spokespersons to not speak to the media or post updates on their social media accounts about the party till further notice. The two leaders warned party officials of disciplinary action if they speak to the media or post in their social media account their views as the party views.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Minister for Fisheries D Jayakumar said the dual leadership was not an issue at all and was not discussed at the meeting.The Minister for Milk and Dairy Development KT Rajenthra Bhalaji said the meeting discussed the party's victory in the Assembly by-elections.
The ruling party has also urged the media not to air the views of individuals.Recently, VV Rajan Chellappa, an AIADMK legislator, voiced support for a single leader and reviving the post of General Secretary.