CHENNAI: While uncertainty prevailed over the conduct of the AIADMK’s special general council on July 11, it is going to be one of the most secured and hi-tech political meetings in recent times, if it is held as proposed. Participants have been given ID cards with RFIDs (Radio Frequency Identification) to prevent non-members from participating and causing trouble.
The court would deliver its verdict at 9 am on Monday. But the hall in Vanagaram in Chennai is all set for the meeting, with a grand stage, which unlike the previous meeting, has only the photographs of AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa on both sides. Sources in the Edappadi K Palaniswami camp said following allegations by the O Panneerselvam faction that non-members were allowed to enter the venue during the earlier general council meeting held on June 23, this time they decided to go for the RFIDs which would have a unique code for each of the 2665 members. Last time, the id cards only had the photograph of the member affixed on it.
There are 20 scanners for scanning these magnetic RFID cards, sixteen in the hall where the general council meeting would be held and four for the hall where the executive committee meeting would be convened. Members of the executive committee members can attend the general council meeting. But members of the general council cannot attend the executive committee meeting.
District secretaries were also asked to arrange luxury buses to bring the members from the 75 AIADMK districts to Chennai. Meanwhile, both OPS and EPS held discussions with their supporters in their residences on Sunday. Later talking to reporters, OPS supporter R Vaithilingam said that EPS only had the support of 2,600 GC members and that he could not do anything as OPS had the support of 1.5 crore cadres.