The unending Sasikala saga in the ADMK, either in favour or against her, has long been causing the leadership crisis within the party as the current leaders Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam are still finding it hard to stand in the same line regarding the political future of the party and Sasikala's plan to take over the leadership.
In what has become a fresh round of tensions, the current leaders have again got engaged in a war of words with Sasikala being the epicentre of it. ADMK is not getting used to the dual leadership and it has been reflecting at regular intervals and the party is settling up with the dual leadership despite the divide and debacles in the elections. While Edappadi Palaniswami maintains his feud with VK Sasikala, Panneerselvam is softening his approach toward her.
Recently, Panneerselvam said that he personally had respect and admiration for Sasikala. He made this statement during the inquiry at the Arumugasamy Commission, which is probing the death of the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, whose close aide was VK Sasikala. On an earlier occasion, Panneerselvam has asserted that he was in favour of considering Sasikala's re-entry into the party and his comments had heated up Edappadi Palaniswami.
Panneerselvam has told the panel that he has no suspicion about the circumstances surrounding the death of Jayalalithaa and he has huge respect for Sasikala and her family. Reacting to Panneerselvam's remarks that aligned closer in support of inducting Sasikala into the party, Edappadi Palaniswami has reiterated that there is no place for Sasikala in the party, as both the leaders have sparked a fresh round of tensions.
Palaniswami has said that no one can give a new lease of life to a matter that has already been settled. He had made it clear that there is no scope for her in the party and added that Panneerselvam's remark was personal and not that of the party. Tamil Nadu's Opposition Leader has noted that the ADMK had already passed a resolution against inducting Sasikala back to the party and such resolutions were passed by the party's district units.
Palaniswami was on Sunday addressing the reporters in Salem during which he was asked about bringing Sasikala back to the ADMK, for which he affirmed that the gate is closed for her. Responding to a question that was asked about Panneerselvam's respect for Sasikala, Palaniswami said that politics should be separated from a leader's personal regard for another person.
He said, "We should see these things separately. Even in regard to Chief Minister MK Stalin, we have nothing personal against him. It is all on the political front. Hence, he (Panneerselvam) may have expressed his view on this basis." He further said, "There is no chance (of inducting Sasikala back to the party). No one can give a new lease of life to a decision that has been taken." In line with Palaniswami, several ADMK leaders including D Jayakumar are part of the league that strongly voices against VK Sasikala and her political plan.