The Chennai police department has filed a case against 50 unknown people in connection to hurling footwear at the car of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Sunday when he had visited the memorial of ADMK leaders MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa. The shocking incident has happened days after the party's executive committee had amended the by-laws in a way that the current leaders would retain their reign.
The Anna Square police have registered a case against 50 unknown people for hurling footwear on the car of Edappadi Palaniswami and on the car of ADMK's Coordinator O Panneerselvam. According to reports, cases have been filed under sections 294(b) - abusing, 341- wrongful restraint, 148- rioting, and 506 (I) - criminal intimidation of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The case has been booked based on a complaint lodged by ADMK's Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Peravai leader T Maran of Mylapore.
The visuals of hurling footwear on the vehicles of both the leaders on Sunday had been going viral on social media and it had happened when they were returning from the MGR memorial. Following the incident, the police have been scanning video clips and social media platforms to trace the culprits. Police had said that the incident happened in front of the MGR-Jayalalithaa memorial around 10.45 am.
The ADMK leaders had reached the memorial to mark the fifth death anniversary of J Jayalalithaa and they were followed by AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran and ADMK's expelled General Secretary Sasikala. The police have suspected that the supporters of AMMK could have hurled footwear at the vehicle of Edappadi Palaniswami.
Meanwhile, Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami had on Monday elected unopposed as ADMK's Coordinator and Joint Coordinator respectively. As per the recent amendment, the party members, who have membership for five continuous years, can elect the coordinator and joint coordinator by a single vote. However, voting has no business as no one has contested against the top two leaders. On Saturday, both the leaders had filed their nominations for the respective posts and on Monday, the party had declared that both the leaders were elected unopposed.
Announcing the results on Monday, the party's electoral officer and former Tamil Nadu Minister C Ponnaiyan has said several functionaries, including the headquarters office-bearers, district secretaries, and former ministers had filed papers proposing the names of Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami for the dual posts. He further said that the nominations from both the leaders were scrutinized on Sunday and since no one has filed nominations to contest, they are declared elected unopposed.