AIADMK ousts Sasikala

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Sep 2017 09:19:45



Sasikala sacked as interim General Secretary by AIADMK

Jayalalithaa made ‘eternal General Secretary’

THE ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday sacked jailed V K Sasikala as interim chief and made its late supremo Jayalalithaa the party’s “eternal General Secretary”, sparking fresh confrontation with rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran who vowed to bring down the Government.
The decision to annul the appointment of Sasikala, who was a close aide of Jayalalithaa, was taken by the unified AIADMK’s General Council, the party’s top policy making body, in a unanimous resolution adopted at its meeting.

The Council also asserted the supremacy of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam. Panneerselvam and Palaniswami, who are Co-ordinator and Joint Coordinator respectively of AIADMK, were vested with full executive powers. Showing the door to Sasikala, the meeting unanimously declared that all appointments made by her, including that of naming her nephew Dhinakaran as Deputy General Secretary, was invalid. “Following an atmosphere of shock after Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) untimely death... V K

Sasikala was appointed as interim general secretary to attend to routine party work,” a resolution said. “It is unanimously resolved to cancel her appointment made on December 29,2016.... And all appointments and removals made by her between December 30, 2016 and February 15, 2017 are not valid,” the resolution added.

Sasikala, among others, named Dhinakaran as Deputy General secretary and reinstated S Venkatesh, another relative in the party, before surrendering in a Bengaluru court on February 15 following her conviction in a graft case.

In its first meet after the Palaniswami and Panneerselvam factions merged last month, AIADMK (formally AIADMK, Amma-Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) resolved to venerate the late Jayalalithaa as the “eternal party general secretary.”
It said “hereafter, no one will be elected general secretary or appointed to that post.”
“Accordingly, bylaw no.43 is being amended. The General Council unanimously approves this,” another resolution said.

A combative Dhinakaran sought to play down the decision to annul the appointment of his aunt, indicating that the court could have a final say on the matter.
Dhinakaran also dubbed the general council meeting, where the decision was taken, as a ‘public meeting’ and said he had undertaken efforts to “send home this regime” (led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami). The Dhinakaran camp claims a support of 19 MLAs. The AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the 233-member House–a seat is lying vacant after the death of Jayalalithaa. The majority mark is 117.

Dhinakaran told reporters in Madurai that Sasikala alone had the right to convene the general council meeting and dared the camp led by Palaniswami to dissolve the assembly and face elections if the party was with them as they claim.

Referring to the Madras High Court’s order that decisions taken at today’s General Council will be subject to the final outcome of an appeal on the matter, he said only then will it be known if the ouster of Sasikala was ‘valid.