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Sasikala ousted; Jaya party's eternal chief

Will topple Tamil Nadu govt warns TTV Dhinakaran after VK Sasikala sacked as AIADMK general secretary All eyes on AIADMK Gen Council meet tomorrow, decision on Sasikala removal likely
Sammy Stanley | 13 September, 2017, 02:45

Chennai: The ruling AIADMK's General Council on Tuesday annulled the appointment of VK Sasikala as the party's General Secretary and also struck down the appointments made by her before going to jail, including making her nephew TTV Dinakaran the party Deputy General Secretary.

After giving full authority to party chief coordinator O Panneerselvam and deputy coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami to appoint or remove any office bearer, the AIADMK has decided that the party would no longer have the powerful post of general secretary, held by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa until her death.

The appointment of her nephew TTV Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary also stands cancelled, said a party leader. He is miffed with the fact that despite repeatedly warning against holding the General Council meeting, EPS went ahead with it.

According to reports, at the AIADMK GC meet, the party will strive to set up a steering committee to administer the party until a new general secretary is elected.

Speaking at the meeting, Chief Minister Palaniswami said 2,130 members of the general council, which is 98 per cent of the total strength, turned up for the meeting and unanimously approved all the resolutions.

The GC also expelled TTV Dinakaran from the party.

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It is for now unclear how the party will now function with two leaders sharing equal powers.

Henceforth, the AIADMK party will be run by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who will serve as the Chief Coordinator and Chief Minister E Palaniswami as his assistant.

The General Council meeting that was held on Tuesday morning, saw VK Sasikala being expelled from her position as the general secretary.

The Election Commission froze the party's "two leaves" election symbol due to competing claims.

It also said that there was only one AIADMK and that was the one led by Panneerselvam and Palaniswamy. AIADMK Karnataka state secretary V. Pugazhendi who filed a case in the city court in Bengaluru said that the meeting was conducted against the court order. "Amma (Jayalalithaa) had kept him away from party affairs for 10 years", said Palaniswami. "I would take some important decisions in a day or two", he added.

He further said that the government has lost the trust the people of Tamil Nadu, so the chief minister and his council of minister need to resign. The next hearing has been scheduled for October 23.

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