AIADMK sacks Sasikala as interim general secretary

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It said "hereafter, no one will be elected general secretary or appointed to that post".

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. A total of 14 resolutions including the ones hailing the merger of two factions; the government for celebrating the birth centenary of late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran and AIADMK Founder; the decision of the government to build a memorial for Jayalalithaa and others were passed at the General Council meeting that was attended by around 2,140 members.

After Jayalalithaa's death, the party split into three factions - led by Sasikala, Palaniswamy and O Panneerselvam. This power has been now transferred to party Coordinator and Joint Coordinator following the amendments to the rules.

Stressing that the meeting at Vanagaram could not be considered a GBM, Dhinakaran said, "Either V K Sasikala or I can only call for a general body meeting". He said his party will never join hands with DMK.

He also said that it was deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam who broke away from the party and was instrumental in the Election Commission freezing the party's "two leaves" symbol. He also said that 95 per cent of the cadre were by his side and that it was the desire of the cadre to bring down the palaniswami government.

Dhinakaran was quoted as saying by news agency IANS as saying that "you (Chief Minister Palaniswamy) and others have no moral right to sit in the position that was once wielded by Jayalalithaa. We will send this government home", Dinakaran told a press conference later. Heaping praises on her "political virtues", they pleaded with her to lead the party and got the general council to anoint her as interim general secretary though she suffered disqualification given the fact that she was not a primary member of the party for five continuous years. The ruling faction is spreading the falsehood that we are in alignment with DMK.

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