AIADMK removes Sasikala from all party positions

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Chennai, 12 September(Wishav Warta): Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK removed jailed general secretary VK Sasikala from all party posts on Tuesday and named former chief minister J Jayalalithaa “eternal general secretary”, signalling a fresh stand-off in a protracted political crisis that has roiled the southern state.

At a general council meeting in Chennai, the party removed Sasikala and her nephew, TTV Dinakaran, from all positions and scrapped all appointments made by them. The AIADMK also restored all people appointed by Jayalalithaa, whose death last December triggered the crisis.The meeting also resolved to approach the election commission to reclaim the party’s frozen two-leaves symbol.

The party will now be run by a 11-member panel headed by deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam with chief minister Edapaddi Palanisami as co-coordinator. Minutes later, Dinakaran rejected the resolution of the meeting and said that the party had no powers to remove either him or his aunt, who is in jail for corruption.