AIADMK sacks Sasikala as interim general secretary

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As per the amendments to the bylaws, incumbents of the two posts will exercise jointly the powers of making not more than 100 persons members of the general council, calling meetings of the general council, making appointments to various positions in the party such as treasurer, headquarters secretaries and members of the parliamentary board (not exceeding 15) and changing or relaxing the rules.

When asked about the new norm that the members of the general council, and not all the primary members of the party, would elect the coordinator and the co-coordinator, party spokesperson K. Selvaraj justified the amendment, saying, "The general council members are, after all, representatives of the primary members of the party".

With the annulment of the appointment of Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary, the appointments made by him are also struck down. 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.

Sasikala was appointed to the post on December 29 by the AIADMK general council in the aftermath of the death of party supremo J Jayalalithaa.

However, the real powers would be vested with OPS and EPS, who will act as chief coordinator and assistant chief coordinator, respectively. He said his party will never join hands with DMK.

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Referring to the Madras High Court's order that decisions taken at today's General Council will be subject to the final outcome of an appeal on the matter, he said only then will it be known if the ouster of Sasikala was 'valid.

Dhinakaran told reporters in Madurai that Sasikala alone had the right to convene the general council meeting and dared the camp led by Palaniswami to dissolve the assembly and face elections if the party was with them as they claim.

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.

"As per the party rules, the General Secretary will be elected by the primary members of the party if there is an election". The party has around 1.5 crore members.

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