Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Why AIADMK general council meet has added confusion to the air

Why AIADMK general council meet has added confusion to the air

The General Council also decided that party Coordinator (now held by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam) and Joint Coordinator (held by Chief Minister K Palaniswami) will oversee the party affairs.

He also said that it was deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam who broke away from the party and was instrumental in the Election Commission freezing the party's "two leaves" symbol. He said his party will never join hands with DMK. Showing the door to Sasikala, the meeting unanimously declared that all appointments made by her, including that of naming her nephew Dhinakaran as Deputy General Secretary, was invalid.

The question which arises here is why did they take nine months to realise that no one can replace Jayalalithaa as general secretary after the same general council, in December 2016, chose VK Sasikala as the interim general secretary and the party mouthpiece shared how each minister fell to her feet to accept the post.

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?

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Twenty-two rules out of a total of 46 have been changed through a resolution adopted at the general council. However, she was only removed from the interim general secretary's position and no further explanation was given.

The General Council also resolved to restore all those who were party office bearers appointed by Jayalalithaa.

Earlier in the day, Dhinakaran removed Dindigul C Srinivasan from the post of AIADMK party treasurer and appointed M. Rangaswamy.

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

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When asked about the new norm that the members of the general council, and not all the primary members of the party, would elect the coordinator and the co-coordinator, party spokesperson K. Selvaraj justified the amendment, saying, "The general council members are, after all, representatives of the primary members of the party".

The Karnataka government on Wednesday dismissed reports of "preferential treatment" being given to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala at the central jail in Bengaluru and said, she was being treated like any other ordinary prisoner.

This was also made evident by the title mentioned on the resolution copy which only carried the factions' names and not of AIADMK. Heaping praises on her "political virtues", they pleaded with her to lead the party and got the general council to anoint her as interim general secretary though she suffered disqualification given the fact that she was not a primary member of the party for five continuous years.

Several bylaws governing the AIADMK were amended by the general council of the AIADMK (Amma, PTA) on Tuesday.

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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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