VI­JAYA BASKAR GIVEN KEY PARTY POST

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Chen­nai: Health Min­is­ter C Vi­jaya Basker on Fri­day re­ceived a boost from party co­or­di­na­tor O Pan­neer­sel­vam and joint co­or­di­na­tor Edap­padi K Palaniswami. Both ap­pointed him as one of the or­gan­is­ing sec­re­taries of the party, a key post in AIADMK head­quar­ters.

HEALTH MIN­IS­TER C Vi­jaya Basker, who suf­fered a set­back re­cently due to CBI searches at his res­i­dence with re­gard to the gutka scam, on Fri­day re­ceived a boost from party co­or­di­na­tor O Pan­neer­sel­vam and joint co­or­di­na­tor Edap­padi K Palaniswami.

Both lead­ers ap­pointed him as one of the or­gan­is­ing sec­re­taries of the party, a key head­quar­ters post in AIADMK.

The an­nounce­ment came just af­ter the high-level meet­ing of the party for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day, chaired by Pan­neer­sel­vam and Palaniswami, was over. Just af­ter the

CBI op­er­a­tions, there have been de­mands from op­po­si­tion par­ties to drop Vi­jaya Basker from the cab­i­net.

The top two lead­ers of AIADMK also ap­proved the ap­point­ment of for­mer Assem­bly Speaker PH Pan­dian as le­gal ad­viser of AIADMK. For­mer Min­is­ter A Pappa Sun­daram and for­mer MLA M Muthu­ra­ma­lingam have also been appo inted as or­gan­is­ing sec­re­taries. An­swer­ing queries of me­di­a­per­sons, AIADMK deputy co­or­di­na­tor, KP Munusamy said as a fol­low up of the high-level meet­ing, the dis­trict sec­re­taries meet­ing would be held on Septem­ber 19. He said dis­cus­sions were on about for­ma­tion of a steer­ing com­mit­tee. The panel may be­come a re­al­ity very soon.

On the charges be­ing lev­elled against the AIADMK gov­ern­ment by DMK pres­i­dent MK Stalin dur­ing the re­cent days, he said since there was noth­ing to point a fin­ger at the State gov­ern­ment, the op­po­si­tion party was lev­el­ling some base­less charges.

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