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TN CM refutes charge of dual leadership as reason for poll rout

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Joint Coordinator K. Palaniswami on Saturday refuted the charge that the party fared badly in the Lok Sabha polls owing to dual leadership.

He also ruled out groupism in the party and played it down as the view of party legislater V.V. Rajan Chellappa who had voiced support for a single leader and reviving the post of general secretary.

Chellappa, representing the Madurai North Assembly constituency, told reporters in Madurai on Saturday that there should be a single charismatic leader to steer the party to victory in the local body and Assembly elections.

He said decision-making in the party has suffered due to dual leadership and also wondered why the nine legislators who won in the recent by-elections did not “pay homage” to late Chief Minister and General Secretary J. Jayalalithaa at her memorial.

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