AIADMK general council removes Sasikala as party chief

RSTV Bureau
Chennai: AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala briefing the press along with party's MLAs supporting her at the resort in Koovathur at East Coast Road where various AIADMK MLAs are camping to decide on the further course of action in forming new government, outskirts of Chennai on Sunday. PTI Photo

Chennai: File photo of AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala. PTI Photo

AIADMK General Council met in Chennai on Tuesday to remove VK Sasikala as party’s General Secretary.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his Deputy O Pannerselvam were also present at the meeting of the decision-making body, the first since the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s last year.

The decision to call the general council meet was taken after the two rival factions of AIADMK merged last month.

Earlier, a cloud of uncertainty had hung over today’s meeting as the Dhinakaran faction had moved the Madras High Court seeking a stay on it.

The court had upheld an order of a single judge dismissing a plea to stay the AIADMK general council and executive committee meeting convened by Chief Minister K Palaniswami-led faction.

The meeting of the AIADMK Executive committee took place prior to the General Council close by.

Post the unification of the two camps, Dhinakaran and Palaniswami have been at loggerheads. So far 19 MLAs have owned allegiance to Dhinakaran, and they have met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao seeking the removal of Palaniswami.

(With inputs from PTI)