However, later, both EPS and OPS issued a joint statement advising party functionaries not to rake up controversies. “Strong action would be taken against those who create controversies. Party spokespersons and senior functionaries who participate in debates and press meets should refrain from sharing their personal views to the media,” the leaders stated in the communique, issuing a gag order for AIADMK functionaries. Reacting to this, ousted AIADMK leader KC Palanisamy said, “The ministers have decided to field EPS as the CM candidate and now they are in the process of forcing the OPS to give up.” Earlier in the day, AIADMK party spokesperson Pughazenthi said there are no issues in selecting the CM candidate and there is no need to discuss it as elections are due only next year. “There are no issues within the party,” he said.