Deputy Legislature party leader of DMK Duraimurugan will continue as treasurer of the party till the election of his successor. DMK president MK Stalin on Wednesday announced the suspension of his decision to accept Duraimurugan’s resignation tendered in middle of March.
Announcing the decision to reinstate Duraimurugan, Stalin, in a statement released on Wednesday, said that an extraordinary situation prevails where it was not possible to convene the party general council under section 17 of the party by law to elect the general secretary and treasurer. “Therefore, as per the powers vested on me under section 18 of the party by law, I suspend the decision taken on the resignation tendered by Duraimurugan and announce that he will continue as treasurer till such time the general council is convened,” Stalin announced.
The announcement comes in the backdrop of rumours about the octogenarian expressing his anguish to his confidants over the party high command delaying his elevation to the office of general secretary. Also, rumours abound in the party circles about the high command being advised by a few to defer the election of general secretary till the next Assembly elections due in 2021. Party sources privy to the development attributed the ‘reinstatement’ to delay in utilising the party funds and said, “Government is not allowing a meeting of a two dozen opposition party leaders. Uncertainty continues over lifting the lockdown. Even if the lockdown is eased, we do not know when the situation would normalise so that we could organise a general council meet like large gathering, like in the past.”
“We cannot afford to keep the treasurer post vacant. We ought to access the party funds for regular activities and prepare for next year’s Assembly elections. Hence, the announcement,” a highly placed source added, calling the arrangement a stop gap one till Duraimurugan’s elevation.