Sasi Seeks to Tighten Grip, But Suspense Continues
‘Sasikala’s temporary appointment not valid and she cannot take action against anyone’
Sasikala sacks party’s presidium chairman Madhusudanan who had written to EC not to recognise her as party gen secy
Chennai: The feud in r uling AIADMK escalated on Friday with AIADMK general secretary and chief ministerial aspirant VK Sasikala sacking party’s presidium chairman E Madhusudanan. Madhusudanan h a d wri t t e n to t h e El e c t i o n Commission not to recognise Sasikala as AIADMK general secretary. Madhusudanan was also sacked from the primary membership of the party, a day after he switched over to the rebel camp led by caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam.
Madhusudananimmediatelyretorted thatnobodycoulddismisshimfromthe party. In the evening, he returned to the CM’s residence and addressed the media after some consultations with legal experts. “I had already mentioned in my statement that the temporary appointment of general secretary VK Sasikalaisnotvalidandshecannottake action against anyone in the party. As per the rules of the party framed by MGR, only the party’s primary members can elect their general secretary and there has not been an election after the former party general secretary J Jayalalithaa passed away. We will soon announce a date for the party election and primary members will elect the new general s e c r e t a r y, ” Madhusudanansaid. When asked what about his dismissal from the primary membership of the AIADMK by Sasikala, he said “before that I have removed her from the party”, referring to a letter he had written to the EC.
Most MLAs supporting Sasikala remainedunreachableonFridayandwere apparently tucked away in a resort on ECR on the outskirts of Chennai. Some MLAs reportedly vehemently denied thattheywerebeingheldcaptive.
“The MLAs are free and are comfortable. Nobody has forced them to switch off their mobile phones. They have themselves switched off their phones to avoid harassment and threatening calls from Panneerselvam and DMK,” senior AIADMK leader and former minister B Valarmathi told reporters outsideVedaNilayam—Jayalalithaa’s PoesGardenresidencewhereSasikala is currently residing.