AIADMK General Council nullifies appointments of Sasikala, Dinakaran

AIADMK removes jailed Sasikala from party General Secretary's post
A crucial meeting of the General Council of the unified AIADMK today nullified the appointment of jailed interim General Secretary V. K. Sasikala and held that the appointment of her nephew T T V Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary of the party was iillegal.
Resolutions to this effect were adopted at the meeting, which was attended by more than 95 percent of the 2,140 members of the General Council at a hall in the Vaanagaram area of the city.
In other resolutions, the meeting gave the nod for a steering committee with Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam as its coordinator and Chief Minister Edapaddi K. Palaniswami as the Joint Coordinator, and vested them with full powers of the General Secretary.
The party also decided that it would not appoint anyone to the post of General Secretary, which was held by late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa till her death in December 2016, saying that she would remain the "eternal General Secretary" of the party.
The latest developments have ensured that Ms. Sasikala, serving a jail term after being convicted in a corruption case basically involving the late Ms. Jayalalithaa, would no longer be the General Secretary of the party.
The meeting was held today after a division bench of the Madras High Court late last night declined to stay the meeting after rebel MLA P. Vetrivel of the Dinakaran camp, challenged the dismissal of his earlier plea by a single judge.
At the outset, the meeting adopted resolutions authorising Mr. Panneerselvam and Mr. Palaniswamy to bring in necessary amendments to Rule 19 of the party to give full powers to the Steering Committee. Former state Minister K P Munusamy and Rajya Sabha member R. Vaithilingam were made deputy coordinators of the committee.
The Panneerselvam camp had insisted on the removal of Ms. Sasikala and members of her family from the party as a key condition before agreeing to the merger with the Palaniswamy group on August 21.
Ahead of the meeting, 19 rebel MLAs, who were housed in a resort in Coorg, Karnataka after staying for some days in Puducherry, withdrew support to Mr. Palaniswamy's government, which fell short of a majority in the legislative assembly. This led to demands from the Dinakaran camp that the Chief Minister must prove his majority in the House.
The meeting resolved that the AIADMK would remain united and would retrieve the party's "Two Leaves" election symbol, which has been frozen by the Election Commission following the split of the party into two factions headed by Mr. Panneerselvam and Mr. Palaniswamy.
The meeting was conducted by senior leader and party presidium chairman E. Madhusudhan.
In all, the meeting adopted 12 resolutions, including one which said that all party office-bearers appointed by the late Ms. Jayalalithaa would continue in their positions.
None of the MLAs owing allegiance to Mr. Dinakaran attended the meeting.
On his part, Mr. Dinakaran said today's meeting of the General Council was illegal since the General Secretary alone had powers to convene such meetings.
Talking to reporters in Madurai, he hoped Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao would act on his group's demand for a direction to the Chief Minister to face a trust vote in the assembly.


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