AIADMK sacks Sasikala, Dinakaran; Jayalalithaa ‘perpetual secretary’

September 12, 2017, 11:45 am
AIADMK sacks Sasikala, Dinakaran; Jayalalithaa ‘perpetual secretary’
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AIADMK sacks Sasikala, Dinakaran; Jayalalithaa ‘perpetual secretary’

AIADMK sacks Sasikala, Dinakaran; Jayalalithaa ‘perpetual secretary’

The AIADMK general concil meeting convened passed a resolution which stated that former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister will be permanent general secretary of AIADMK and those appointed by Jayalalithaa before her death will continue in party positions, effectively removing VK Sasikala from the post of general secretary.

The temporary general secretary post has been scrapped. VK Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran were appointed after Jayalalithaa's death as general secretary and deputy general secretary. The General Council has also quashed all decisions made by Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran.

O Panneerselvam will be the chief co-ordinator of the party and Edappadi Palaniswami will be assistant chief co-ordinator. All powers of General Secretary is given to the chief co-ordinator and assistant chief co-ordinator respectively.

The unified faction of AIADMK will seek to retrieve the two-leave election symbol. According to various reports, out of the 2400-odd members of the general council, 2148 are attending the meeting.

DMK leader MK Stalin, who met the Governor on Sunday, says together with Mr Dhinakaran, they have 119 legislators. The halfway mark in the 234-member assembly since the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa stands at 117. The united AIADMK says they have the support of nine lawmakers from the Dhinakaran camp and hence a majority figure of 124.

TTV Dinakaran has said they want the Chief Minister to resign, "otherwise we will not hesitate to bring down the EPS government". All decisions made by TTV Dhinakaran stand null and void.

Yesterday, a lawmaker in his camp filed a petition in the Madras High court asking that the General Council meet today be put on hold.

The court dismissed the petition, but said any decision by the General Council will be subject to its decision, which may be announced during the next hearing on October 23.