AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala dismissed Presidium Chairman E. Madhusudanan from the party for backing acting Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam….reports Asian Lite News
Sasikala said in a statement that Madhusudanan had violating the party’s principles and brought disrepute to it and so was being ousted from the party post and the AIADMK’s primary membership.
She urged party members not to have any truck with Madhusudanan.
The dismissal came a day after Madhusudanan joined hands with Panneerselvam, who has revolted against Sasikala by saying that he quit as Chief Minister under duress.
Earlier on Friday, Madhusudanan told reporters: “As per the party by-law, a person can become General Secretary of AIADMK only if he/she is a member for a continuous period of five years.”
Madhusudanan said Sasikala was not a member of the AIADMK for a continuous five years and hence she was not qualified to be the General Secretary.
AIADMK leader said he had sent a petition to the Election Commission not to recognise V.K. Sasikala as General Secretary of Tamil Nadu’s ruling party.
According to Madhusudanan, it was initially thought that Sasikala alone would be in the party but her family members were starting to take control of the AIADMK. This, he said, cannot be permitted.
A former minister, Madhusudanan is one of the long-time members of the AIADMK.
Meanwhile AIAMDK MLAs backing its General Secretary V.K. Sasikala in the power struggle in Tamil Nadu said they were not being held hostage.
With several habeas corpus petitions filed in the Madras High Court and questions raised about the legislators, the MLAs met the media outside the resort where they are staying.
“MLAs cannot be kept hostage. Sasikala is treating us like how (late Chief Minister J.) Jayalalithaa treated us,” said one of them, Murugumaran.
“We are not birds being kept in a cage,” added another legislator.
They accused the DMK of spreading rumours that legislators backing Sasikala against acting Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam were being held hostage.
AIADMK spokesperson C.R. Saraswathi, who is not a legislator, also told the media that she had to switch off her mobile phone as there were lots of threatening calls.
After attending a meeting at the AIADMK headquarters on Wednesday, the pro-Sasikala MLAs were bussed to a beach resort near Chennai.
On Thursday, responding to a habeas corpus petition filed in the Madras High Court, the Tamil Nadu government advocate said the legislators were free.