Sasi Seeks to Tighten Grip, But Sus­pense Con­tin­ues

‘Sasikala’s tem­po­rary ap­point­ment not valid and she can­not take ac­tion against any­one’

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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.

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