AIADMK sacks Sasikala as interim general secretary

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In other major decisions, the General Council altered the party's organisational structure to a collective leadership structure. The amendments have essentially made the coordinator and co-coordinator posts the most powerful positions within the party, in place of the general secretary - a post that has been abolished.

Citing the resolution that states that the party members can not visualise anybody else as General Secretary other than the late Jayalalithaa, he wondered whether the same logic would also apply to the Chief Minister's post?

The Council also asserted the supremacy of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.

The numbers game between the two factions -one led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and the other by Dinakaran threatened to reach a tipping point on Tuesday soon after the meet.

All of Sasikala's activities -including the various appointments primarily that of TTV Dinakaran as deputy general secretary of the party -between December 30 and February 15 were rendered null and void. This power has been now transferred to party Coordinator and Joint Coordinator following the amendments to the rules.

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"Sasikala was appointed as interim general secretary to attend to routine party work", a resolution said.

Stressing that the meeting at Vanagaram could not be considered a GBM, Dhinakaran said, "Either V K Sasikala or I can only call for a general body meeting". He said he will go to any extent to protect the party. In a master stroke, the party has adopted a resolution to keep Amma as the general secretary forever.

As per AIADMK constitution, the party General Secretary is elected directly by the primary members. The key condition here is that the occupants of the posts should have been members of the party for five years consecutively.

Dhinakaran was quoted as saying by news agency IANS as saying that "you (Chief Minister Palaniswamy) and others have no moral right to sit in the position that was once wielded by Jayalalithaa".

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