AIADMK crisis: AIADMK factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam have removed jailed VK Sasikala from the post of general secretary.
AIADMK crisis: AIADMK factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam have sacked jailed VK Sasikala from the post of general secretary, according to reports. In a resolution adopted today, the factions decided late party chief J Jayalalithaa will be the party general secretary. The EPS-OPS factions have said Jayalalithaa will always remain as the party general secretary. A General Council meeting was held in the morning to take a call on the Sasikala issue. Tamil Nadu Minister RB Udaykumar read out the resolution adopted during the meet. The resolution said, “temporary General Secretary post stands forfeited and Sasikala is expelled.” This is a major set back for TTV Dinakaran who yesterday claimed that Sasikala faction was prepared to bring down the state government , if CM K Palaniswami is not changed.
On Sunday after C.R. Saraswathi, an MLA of his faction said that the Tamil Nadu Governor, Vidyasagar Rao, should immediately give a decision on the fate of chief ministership of the state. On Saturday, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader M.K. Stalin also warned that his party would take the case to the courts if the governor doesn’t hold a floor test within a week to decide if the Tamil Nadu government has a majority. Stalin further stated that the AIADMK government had lost its majority as it enjoyed the support of only 114 legislators in the 233-member legislative assembly, excluding the late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s seat.
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While the DMK and the Congress have been urging the Tamil Nadu Governor to direct Palanisamy to prove his majority in the House, no decision on the same has been taken yet.
Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao is expected to return to Tamil Nadu shortly, after which he is likely to ask Palanisamy to take a floor test. This would be the second time in six months that the State Assembly would witness a floor test, if it happens.