AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala sacked party Presidium Chairman E Madhusudanan from all party posts, a day after he switched over to the rebel camp led by caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
Madhusudanan has been removed for going against the party principles and bringing disrepute to it, Sasikala said in a statement.
In an attempt to hit back, Madhusudanan wrote to Election Commission urging it not to recognise V K Sasikala as the party General Secretary saying she was not elected to the post as per party by-laws.
“As per party by-laws, a General Secretary can be elected only by cadres. As per rules, there is no temporary General Secretary post,” Madfusudanan said.
“Since Sasikala re-joined the AIADMK only on March 31, 2012, she does not qualify to become General Secretary. I have requested Election Commission (in the letter) not to accept her appointment,” he explained.
He also claimed that said the elevation of Sasikala as a “temporary” General Secretary in December last year by the party general council was “invalid”.
Meanwhile, Sasilkala also announced the appointment of former minister K A Sengottaiyan as the new AIADMK Presidium Chairman.
Sengottaiyan was relieved as the party’s Organisation Secretary, a post to which he was appointed last week.
Giving a major boost to the rival camp, Madhusudanan yesterday extended his support to Panneerselvam, saying “he wanted to “safeguard” the party.
“To protect AIADMK, everybody should join hands with OPS (Panneerselvam),” he had said.
Sasikala had removed Panneerselvam from the Treasurer’s post immediately after his revolt, but he has maintained that being a temporary General Secretary, she does not have the powers to appoint or remove party functionaries.
Sasikala had appointed another senior leader Dindigul C Srinivasan as the Treasurer.
Insisting that he continued to be the Treasurer, Panneerselvam had on Feb 8 written to two banks, asking them not to allow anyone else to operate the party’s accounts.
Meanwhile the drama played out in the courts.
The Madras High Court sought the state government’s response to allegations that AIADMK MLAs were being illegally detained in a resort near Chennai and anout 20 of them were on a fast.
The Supreme Court, meanwhile refused to hear urgently a PIL that sought to stop Sasikala from taking oath as the chief minister.
(With inputs from PTI)