AIADMK vs AIADMK: Now, OPS camp sacks Sasikala and the entire Tamil Nadu cabinet

Tamil Nadu crisis: Now Panneerselvam camp takes on Sasikala, sacks her and the entire Tamil Nadu cabinet that took oath of office on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 6:35 pm
The Panneerselvam camp has 'removed' AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala from the party. The Panneerselvam camp has ‘removed’ AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala from the party.

If you thought Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony brought an end to the political crisis in Tamil Nadu, think again. The O Panneerselvam camp hasn’t yet given up and it appears is in no mood to give in yet. On Friday, the OPS camp claimed to have “removed” AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala and her two relatives from the party. E Madhusudanan, who was earlier removed as the party’s presidium chairman by Sasikala, said Sasikala and her relatives had gone against the party principles and ideals that she had “violated” her promise to the late Jayalalithaa of “not entering politics as she had no inclination to be a part of the party or government”.

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“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,” he said in a statement. Interestingly, the AIADMK had, last week, sacked Panneerselvam from the primary membership of the party.

Madhusudanan asked AIADMK members not to have any association with Sasikala. This comes a day after Sasikala loyalist Edappadi K Palaniswami was sworn in as Chief Minister, and he will seek a trust vote on Saturday in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

Earlier on Thursday, the Panneerselvam camp had moved the Election Commission challenging the election of V K Sasikala as general secretary of the party, saying she was elevated in violation of the norms. A 12-member delegation of the faction led by Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and other top officials, and submitted a memorandum demanding that it decline approval to her elevation to the top party post.

Madusudanan, who had joined the Pannneerselvam camp last week, had been replaced with KA Sengottaiyan as the AIADMK Presidium Chairman by Sasikala, a move rejected by the Panneerselvam camp. He was also removed from the party’s primary membership but insisted Sasikala had no authority to do so.

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Sasikala is currently serving a jail term of a little less than four years in connection with the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case, in Bengaluru.

Madusudanan also announced the “expulsion” of AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran and S Venkatesh, both relatives of Sasikala, from the party. He said Jayalalithaa had earlier (in 2011) expelled them from the party for “betraying” her. “Their re-induction, done without any authority, is being cancelled,” he said.

The two were allowed to join AIADMK on Wednesday by Sasikala, after six years of expulsion by her predecessor Jayalalithaa. Sasikala had announced that they were being allowed to join after they had expressed regret for their acts and requested that they be allowed to join the AIADMK again.

In an intra-party power struggle, Panneerselvam had revolted against Sasikala on February 7, alleging he was forced to step down to make way for her elevation as Chief Minister.

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    S R
    Feb 17, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    Wish MLAs have some rational thoughts and see what the people want rather than eat money from that wicked woman sasi.
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      Karthick
      Feb 17, 2017 at 3:07 pm
      Hope these MLA'S are human beings and will think about the people who vote for them. I wish them to earn respect from People instead of $$$$ from Sasikala family. Lets us wait and see tomorrow in the floor test.
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        Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Feb 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm
        Exactly.
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          Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          Feb 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm
          Is it Election Commission which keep a watch on the goings on in a political party? I thought it comes into the picture only at the time of election when it can decide which faction is the real one.
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            Urdad
            Feb 17, 2017 at 11:25 am
            If Ms Jaylalitha were alive today, she would have died of shame as this Sasikala can't stop her dirty politics
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              M M
              Feb 17, 2017 at 11:41 am
              sasi-kela should have been sacked immediately after death of Jaya. She every one know is cru--ked and the MLAs/MPs suporting her will face doom days shortly
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                Venkataraman Jagadesan
                Feb 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm
                The day Madam Jayalalitha unofficially died the AIADMK is dead (lot of rumors regarding her date of death) and for official purposes the day she was officially declared dead the AIADMK is dead and it has been renamed as MMK( MANARGUDI MUNETRA KAZAGAM) Hence officially chinama has taken over as the Gen Secy of MMK and has appointed Mr sudhakar as the Dy Secy of her party. The Govt: which is installed at TN should be now renamed as MMK Govt: and only those who support chinama andco are permitted to rule till such time they get thrown out. Jai HInd.
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                  Roshan
                  Feb 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm
                  Jayalalitha is alive today would have been behind bars along with Sasikala!!!
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