AIADMK General Council ousts Sasikala, Dinakaran

AIADMK Amma faction leader TTV Dinakaran

AIADMK Amma faction leader TTV Dinakaran

All those appointed by Amma (Jayalalithaa) as office bearers, will continue to hold their positions in the party, RB Udaykumar said as he read out the resolution adopted at the AIADMK General Council meeting here.

Sasikala's time to be "leading" the AIADMK is officially over.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his Deputy O Pannerselvam were among those who were present at today's meeting of the decision-making body, the first since the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's a year ago.

The GC also decided that all the powers of the General Secretary would be transferred to O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami, who will head the party's steering committee.

Dismissing AIADMK MLA and Dinakaran loyalist Vetrivel's petition, the High Court told him to approach the Election Commission.

The decisions, however, are subject to the approval of the Madras High Court.

Sasikala was appointed as General Secretary last December following the death of party supremo and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

As expected, two of the three factions within the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam or AIADMK party came together, expelling former chief VK Sasikala and installing former chief minister O Paneerselvam as the new "chief co-ordinator". The two factions - AIADMK (Amma) and AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaiva Amma) - had called a joint general council meeting for today.

The fate of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikla hangs in the balance. A total of 2,136 members of the council have been sent invitation for the GC meeting on Tuesday.

Neither of them have been made the general secretary, the position that was occupied by J Jayalalitha.

Appointments made by TTV Dinakaran have been declared invalid by the AIADMK general council.

In a parallel development, Mr. Dhinakaran hardened his stance against the government headed by Edappadi K. Palaniswami and warned in Madurai that he would not hesitate to send the regime packing.

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