AIADMK Appoints Jayalalitha ‘Eternal General Secretary’, Sasikala Removed
Jayalalithaa will be the AIADMK’s “eternal general secretary,” Tamil Nadu’s ruling party said, scrapping the post and sacking VK Sasikala, who is in jail. The party will be run by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam as Chief Coordinator and Chief Minister E Palaniswami as his assistant at the head of an 11-member panel. This meeting made a merger between factions led by the two leaders.
However, thewse decisions are subject to the approval of the Madras High Court, which allowed the meeting to be held today, dismissing a petition by a Sasikala loyalist to put it on hold. On October 23, the court will decide on the other question levelled by the petition - whether the party is authorised to hold a general council, since it is the provenance of the General Secretary, a post Sasikala occupied. But, 18 legislators still loyal to Sasikala skipped this AIADMK meeting.