Why AIADMK general council meet has added confusion to the air

Why AIADMK general council meet has added confusion to the air

While declining to pass any interim order, a division bench of the Madras high court on Monday made it clear that any decision taken at the meeting was subject to the final outcome of the appeal filed by the Dhinakaran camp against a single judge order. He said he will go to any extent to protect the party.

Soon after Jayalalithaa's death, Sasikala, her close aide of over 30 years, was hailed as Chinnamma (mother's younger sister) by leaders of the AIADMK including Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and his predecessor O. Panneerselvam.

However, unlike in the case of the previous arrangement, whereby the general secretary would be elected only by the primary members of the party, under the amended bylaws, the members of the general council would elect the coordinator and the co-coordinator.

A total of 12 resolutions were passed, of which four are crucial.

The former deputy secretary general also said that MLAs are supporting the ruling faction due to a fears created regarding facing early elections.

Jayalalithaa has been made eternal general secretary.

After Jayalalithaa's death, the party split into three factions - led by Sasikala, Palaniswamy and O Panneerselvam.

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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 General Council unanimously approves this", another resolution said. However, she was only removed from the interim general secretary's position and no further explanation was given. The resolution copy shows that the 12 resolutions were brought forward by the office-bearers whom TTV sacked over the past two weeks.

His point was that the two key office-bearers would function in unison and cohesively.

The step was apparently taken to resolve the problem of districts having two party secretaries, a politically lucrative post that has led to clashes among the cadres.

In other major decisions, the General Council altered the party's organisational structure to a collective leadership structure. However, soon, political ambition caught up with her and turned to be her undoing as Mr. Panneerselvam rebelled against her after resigning as Chief Minister and proposing her name as the leader of the AIADMK Legislature Party.'Aimed at appeasing BJP'However, Sasikala braved the rebellion and held her flock together by individually talking to MLAs confined at the Golden Bay Resort at Koovathur.

A day after the AIADMK factions adopted a resolution revoking the appointments of VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran as party general secretary and deputy general secretary respectively, the latter has termed the council meeting as "invalid".

With the meeting taking place amid so much confusion, it is evident that the move was nothing but an anxiety-induced gimmick to garner votes in the upcoming local body elections.

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