After losing power race, OPS moves EC against Sasikala

RSTV Bureau

Sasikala O Panneerselvam Tamil Nadu

The O Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK has now moved the Election Commission challenging the election of VK Sasikala as general secretary of the party, saying she was elevated in violation of the norms. Both the camps had a bitter power tussle, with each claiming self to be the true torch bearer of Jayalalithaa’s legacy.

A 12-member delegation of the faction led by Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and other top officials on Thursday, and submitted a memorandum demanding that it decline approval to her elevation to the top party post.

In its 42-page petition, the delegation claimed Sasikala’s election was violative of the party constitution as she was chosen by the general council of the party and not the primary members. It said the general council was empowered to frame policies and programmes, and not elect someone as general secretary.

The Panneersalvam camp said she was expelled from the party on December 19, 2011 and taken back in March the next year, resulting in a break in her primary membership.

On the separate issue, Panneerselvam, who was sacked from the AIADMK by Sasikala, claimed she lacked necessary powers to sack him.

He further said that his fight against Sasikala and her family will continue till the time “Jayalalithaa’s regime is restored”.

“Let us all together stop the party and government from going into the hands of a single family again. Let us form a people’s government again in sync with the aspirations of people and till then this struggle will continue,” he said in Chennai.

FILE: Chennai: O Panneerselvam sitting in a meditation in front of late J Jayalalithaa's burial site at the Marina Beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Feb 7, 2017. Photo - PTI

FILE: Chennai: O Panneerselvam sitting in a meditation in front of late J Jayalalithaa’s burial site at the Marina Beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Feb 7, 2017.
Photo – PTI

Meanwhile, tense moments prevailed in front of Panneerselvam’s residence for a while yesterday evening when a minor scuffle broke out between his supporters and those of Law Minister Shanmugam.

A policeman and a supporter of Panneerselvam were injured in stone pelting, allegedly by the supporters of Shanmugam.

Former Minister KP Munusamy, a Panneerselvam supporter, said, “…within an hour of new ministers being sworn-in under the leadership of Edappadi K Palaniswami, AIADMK supporters here were attacked. I do not know how they are going to maintain law and order in the state. They have attacked their own party cadres. Why are you being so vindictive?”

The situation was, however, brought under control after police removed the supporters of either side from the vicinity.

Law Minister Shanmugam was not immediately available for comment.

(With inputs from the PTI)