Update: No force can break AIADMK unity, don’t go behind traitors, says Sasikala to MLAs. Meanwhile, EC clarifies it is yet to receive AIADMK reply 2 complaint filed against Sasikala election as party gen secy. No deadline set by EC for same.
Chennai: An emergent meeting of the AIADMK MLAs here got underway under the leadership of party General Secretary V K Sasikala amidst a political turmoil triggered by the revolt of sacked Treasurer and Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
The meeting at the party headquarters is likely to chalk out the future course of action as a section of leaders, including some MLAs, have already extended support to Panneerselvam.
Senior Ministers and party functionaries are participating in the meeting.
Pannerselvam has said that Sasikala has no powers to sack him as Treasurer.
He said the General Secretary was elected on a temporary basis in view of the extraordinary situation faced by the party (after Jayalalithaa’s demise).
“This is the party’s norm. As per the party’s constitution framed by founder M G Ramachandran at the time floating the AIADMK, legal sanction for the post will come only when all primary members elect the General Secretary.
Such a General Secretary alone has the powers to appoint or remove party functionaries,” he said.
EC also refutes to Sasikala’s position as it cites AIADMK rules that don’t provide for ‘interim general secretary’ post, to set aside Sasikala’s elevation.