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Sasikala ousted; Jaya party’s eternal chief

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Sasikala ousted; Jaya party’s eternal chief

Within nine months of her appointment as general secretary of the party, VK Sasikala was removed from the post unanimously by the AIADMK General Council which met in Chennai on Tuesday.

The General Council unanimously decided to abolish the post of general secretary as it felt that nobody in the party had the stature and charisma of party founder MGR or former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. In a special resolution, the General Council made a slew of changes in the party bylaws, including the one suggesting that Jayalalithaa would remain as the permanent general secretary and none will be elected or appointed to the post.

More than 2,100 out of the 2,300 General Council members of the AIADMK attended the meeting.

With the decision to revoke the appointment of Sasikala or chinamma as she is called, as general secretary, all appointments made by her in that capacity have become null and void. It was also decided to remove TTV Dinakaran from the post of party deputy general secretary.

“The appointments made by TTV Dinakaran, whose activities have brought a bad name to Jayalalithaa’s legacy and to the AIADMK have been annulled,” said one of the resolutions passed by the General Council. The bylaws of the party have also been suitably amended to legalise the removal of Sasikala and Dinakaran from party posts.  

Hereafter, the party would be guided by a high-power committee led by a coordinator and deputy coordinator and assisted by a group of senior leaders. O Panneerselvam and E Palaniswami were appointed as the party coordinator and deputy coordinator respectively. 

The General Council’s decisions taken on Tuesday were silent about the status of Sasikala and Dinakaran in the party.

The other resolutions adopted in the meeting include the decision to fight for the retrieval of the Two Leaves party symbol. It also said that there was only one AIADMK and that was the one led by Panneerselvam and Palaniswamy.

Speaking to journalists in Madurai, Dinakaran scoffed at the decisions of the General Council. “It was not a General Council meeting. It was just a gathering of some people and was an illegal conclave. The Madras High Court itself has ruled that the decisions taken by the meeting are not binding on the party,” said Dinakaran.

He also reiterated his decision to oust the Palaniswamy Government from power in the trust vote that will be held sooner than later.

This prompted Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin to approach the Madras High Court with a plea to order a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. The court has decided to hear his petition on October 10.

Though the Dinakaran camp used all legal means to prevent the General Council from taking place, the Madras High Court in a late night order on Monday ruled that he meeting could not be stopped.

If the declaration by Dinakaran, who claims the support of 25 MLAs, is any indication, things have reached a point of no return in the AIADMK and the next weeks are going to be crucial for the Palaniswamy Government.



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