In another interesting turn of events in Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK passed a resolution to oust party general secretary V K Sasikala from the post and set up a steering committee to lead the party.
The resolution is set to strengthen the hold of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and O Pannerselvam on the party.
The party passed another resolution which establishes the late former party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa as the permanent General Secretary of the party.
Apart from the resolutions, the party also declared that any announcements made by Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran would not be binding on the party workers and office-bearers anymore.
“Appointment of Sasikala is canceled. All her activities between December 30 and February 15, including appointments, sackings, and inclusions are invalid,” said a resolution which was read Rajya Sabha member R Vaithilingam and seconded by all general council members.
Another resolution regarding setting up a steering committee was passed which would be led by coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami. K P Munusamy and R Vaithilingam are deputy coordinators.
“The coordinator and joint coordinator are empowered to take all decisions related to the election commission, government, courts, bank accounts and transactions besides authorization of party candidates to contest the polls,” said the resolution.
Soon after the resolution was passed, TTV Dinakaran was quick to hit back as he was quoted saying, “They have betrayed the AIADMK cadre and people of Tamil Nadu.”
“Once again we will bring Amma’s rule in Tamil Nadu. The fight will be between us and the DMK. I can’t see Edapaddi Palaniswami sitting on CM’s chair. Pannerselvam is the reason why we lost the two-leaf symbol. Cadre is with us, we will fight against OPS and EPS”- he added.
What’s in store for Tamil Nadu?
DMK has filed a petition in the Madras High Court seeking permission to meet the governor to prove majority and emphasized that Edapaddi Palaniswami must prove his majority on the floor. The Madras HC has agreed to hear DMK & PMK’s pleas on Oct 10 for ordering floor test in TN Assembly.
Although AIADMK has earlier claimed that they have the support of 10 MLAs from the Dinakaran faction, Dinakaran has rubbished all such claims and if that proves to be true, the ruling party is looking 4 votes short of the magic number.
While the merging of the Edapaddi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam gave some respite to the EPS government, it may not be enough to save the government if it comes to a floor test.