AIADMK sacks Sasikala as interim general secretary

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Reacting to the council's decision to oust V K Sasikala from the general secretary's post, Dhinakaran said the validity of the resolutions passed by them would depend on the court's final order expected on October 23 or 24.

In other major decisions, the General Council altered the party's organisational structure to a collective leadership structure.

The resolution further said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E. Palanisamy and his deputy, O. Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol.

Sasikala was appointed to the post on December 29 by the AIADMK general council in the aftermath of the death of party supremo J Jayalalithaa.

The numbers game between the two factions -one led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and the other by Dinakaran threatened to reach a tipping point on Tuesday soon after the meet.

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With the general council declaring that decisions taken by Sasikala were not valid, the appointment of her nephew Dhinkaran to the post by her is also annulled by default.

Various wings of the party have been brought under the direct supervision of the coordinator and the co-coordinator, who will also have the power to decide on the initiation of disciplinary action against members of the party. Dhinakaran said he had been watching television and taken note of the resolutions passed.

"Sasikala was appointed as interim general secretary to attend to routine party work", a resolution said. "To protect our party, I will go to any extent", he said, adding that his faction has 21 MLAs on its side.

"As per the party rules, the General Secretary will be elected by the primary members of the party if there is an election". The key condition here is that the occupants of the posts should have been members of the party for five years consecutively.

Saraswathi said as per the amended rule, a primary member who had the power to elect the top most leader of the party can now elect only the local level office bearers.This is a great letdown for the party cadres who slog it out during the elections and at other times, she said.

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