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AIADMK Live: EPS-OPS faction general council meeting passes resolution to remove Sasikala

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New Delhi/Chennai: The general council meeting of the ruling faction of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Tuesday passed a resolution to sack party general secretary V.K. Sasikala. The meeting is being held under the chairmanship of presidium chairman E. Madhusudhanan and after legal hurdles put in by sidelined deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran camp.

Sasikala was appointed to the post in December 2016, weeks after the demise of former chief minister and general secretary of AIADMK J. Jayalalithaa. A month after Sasikala took over the party and decided to become the chief minister, O. Panneerselvam rebelled and split away from the party. The pre-condition for the merger by the Panneerselvam’s camp has been Sasikala’s ouster.

Here are the latest developments and updates from the AIADMK general council meeting in Chennai:

■ The temporary general secretary post has been scrapped. V.K. Sasikala has been expelled from AIADMK, News18 reports.

■ AIADMK’s R.B. Udaykumar reads out the resolution at the general council meeting:

— The united factions of AIADMK will seek to retrieve the two-leave election symbol, which currently is under dispute before the Election Commission.

— All those appointed by Amma (Jayalalithaa) as office bearers, to continue. (ANI)

■ AIADMK General Council meeting begins, ANI reports.

Chennai: (EPS-OPS faction) general council meeting begins

— ANI (@ANI)

■ The HC, on Monday, directed that any decision by the General Council would be subject to its decision and may be announced during the next hearing on 23 October. Earlier on Monday, a Bengaluru court had stayed the meeting in response to a petition by V. Pugazhendi from the Dhinakaran faction.

■ The general council of AIADMK has a strength of 2,780 members. The general council will be followed by an executive council meet.

■ Following the legal battle, on Monday night, Sasikala’s nephew Dhinakaran threatened to topple the Palaniswami government. After 19 MLAs withdrew support to Palaniswami, Dhinakaran met the governor C Vidyasagar Rao last week and reiterated the demand for a floor test against Palaniswami.

■ On Monday morning, the Madras high court dismissed a plea by MLA S. Vetrivel on Monday morning, seeking a directive to stop the meeting by the faction led by chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O. Panneerselvam. The legislator then went for an appeal. But late on Monday evening, a two-judge bench refused to stay the single-judge order.

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