Tamil Nadu Will Have to Wait for New CM As AIADMK Feud Continues to Unfold

Tamil Nadu’s governor is still evaluating the legal opinion on V.K. Sasikala’s claim to the chief minister post, while several MLAs from the Panneerselvam camp have approached the Election Commission.

V.K. Sasikala. Credit: PTI

V.K. Sasikala. Credit: PTI

Chennai: The wait for chief ministership in Tamil Nadu prolonged with Governor Vidyasagar Rao still undecided on the issue as the feud in the ruling AIADMK escalated yesterday with V.K. Sasikala sacking party presidium chairman E. Madusudanan who wrote to the Election Commission (EC) to not recognise her as general secretary.

Rao was said to be still evaluating the legal opinion on Sasikala’s claim to having an overwhelming support among party MLAs while the judgement of Supreme Court on the disproportionate assets case was imminent next week.

On his part, chief minister O. Panneerselvam has asserted that his camp wwill not allow the party to go into hands of ‘a family’ and that the “dream of those to capture power” will end as a “day dream”.

Sending a strong message to her detractors, Sasikala sacked Madusudanan from the primary membership of the party, a day after he switched over to the camp led by OPS, and appointed former minister K.A. Sengottaiyan in his place.

Sengottaiyan was relieved as the party’s organisation secretary, a post to which he was appointed last week.

Sasikala urged party workers to extend their support and cooperation to Sengottaiyan.

Giving a major boost to the OPS camp, Madusudanan extended his support to Panneerselvam, saying he wanted to “safeguard” the party.

“To protect AIADMK, everybody should join hands with OPS (Panneerselvam),” he had said.

Sasikala had removed OPS from the treasurer post immediately after his revolt, but he has maintained that being a temporary general secretary, she does not have the powers to appoint or remove party functionaries. Insisting that he continues to be the treasurer, OPS has written to the banks not to allow anybody else to operate the party accounts without his consent.

Sasikala had appointed another senior leader Dindigul C. Srinivasan as the treasurer.

Hitting back at Sasikala, Madusudanan has written to the EC urging it to not recognise her as AIADMK general secretary, saying she was not elected to the post as per the party bylaws.

Madusudanan told reporters about the letter shortly before he was sacked from AIADMK by Sasikala for “acting against the party”.

Asserting that only cadres can elect a general secretary as per party rules, Madusudanan said he had asked the EC not to recognise Sasikala as party chief.

Expelled AIADMK Rajya Sabha member Sasikala Pushpa has already petitioned the EC against the election of Sasikala, saying it was not done as per procedure and the EC has sought the party’s response to it.