If you think the whole Tamil Nadu drama was over then the answer is no; it’s now AIADMK vs AIADMK in the state. In its latest episode, O Panneerselvam camp removed AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran and another relative S Venkatesh from the primary membership.
The party’s presidium chairman E Madhusudanan told the party members not to have any connection with Sasikala and her two relatives.
Earlier, Sasikala had sacked Madhusudanan as presidium chairman. He was replaced by KA Sengottaiyan. He claimed that Sasikala and her relatives had gone against the party principles. She had violated her promise to late Jayalalithaa of “not entering politics as she had no inclination to be a part of the party or government”.
Madhusudanan in a statement said, “V K Sasikala is being removed from the party’s primary membership for going against the party principles and ideals, and having violated her promise to Amma (Jayalalithaa), besides facing criminal cases. She has brought disrepute to the party.”
On Thursday, the OPS camp had moved to the Election Commission to challenge the election of VK Sasikala as the General Secretary. The 12-member delegation led by Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and officials. They submitted a memorandum demanding it rejects the approval of her elevation to the post.
Madhusudanan also claimed the eviction of AIADMK General Secretary TTV Dinakaran and S Venkatesh who were appointed by Sasikala. He alleged earlier Jayalalithaa expelled them from the party for betraying her. He said, “Their re-induction, done without any authority, is being cancelled.”
He stated Sasikala had many criminal cases against her and was involving herself in anti-party activities. Madhusudanan added in 2012 she wrote an apology letter which stated she would not involve herself in politics. Based on the letter, former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa readmitted her into Poes Garden residence.
Madhusudanan is a long-time member of the AIADMK and last week he joined the OPS camp saying his conscience was urging him to join the camp.
On Saturday, at 11 am the newly sworn-in Edappadi K Palaniswami ministry will seek a vote of confidence in the assembly.