Conflict broke out between Edappadi Palaniswami, O. Panneerselvam, Sasikala-Dinakaran in AIADMK and the party split into several parts. Edappadi Palaniswami was selected as the general secretary of AIADMK after various legal struggles. However, talk persisted that Edappadi had no influence in the southern districts where O. Panneerselvam had influence.
With the 2024 Lok Sabha elections approaching, Edappadi Palaniswami wanted to change this and show his strength in the southern districts as well. The AIADMK Golden Jubilee Awakening Conference held in Madurai was the event organized for that.
Edappadi Palaniswami was given the title `` Ezhuchi Thamizar (Revolutionary Tamil) '' at the Madurai Conference. Following that, he said, "Madurai is the soil of victory sign; everything that started here is a success. This conference has created a historic record with the participation of 15 lakh volunteers. This AIADMK Golden Jubilee Conference has created a historical record."
Edappadi Palaniswami laid out the achievements of the previous AIADMK regime and criticized the ruling DMK government. However, he did not speak a single word about former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, Sasikala or Dhinakaran.
As there are more people belonging to commmunities of O. Panneerselvam, Sasikala and Dinakaran in the southern districts. Criticizing them may attract displeasure of those people., Edappadi Palaniswami may have passed by without criticizing them, thinking that convening such a large conference would be futile if it attracts negative feelings from the Mukulathor community to which OPS, Sasikala and Dinakaran belong to.
Yes, Edappadi Palaniswami has held AIADMK conference in Madurai with the sole aim of gaining the admiration of the Mukulathor. It is not known how OPS, Sasikala and Dhinakaran are going to react to this.
Will Edappadi Palaniswami's influence rise in southern districts?