No general secretary now in AIADMK: Jayakumar

Ebony Scott
September 12, 2017

He urged the party workers and students to participate in the rally demanding the Union government for permanently exempting the state from NEET.Highlighting that former chief minister J Jayalalithaa too had opposed NEET when it was introduced by the Centre, he said that the state was exempted from NEET last year and there were high hopes that the state would be exempted this year too.In order to avoid uncertainly till the last minute every year, the Union government should exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET once and for all, he said.

The decks were cleared for the 12 September general council and executive committee meeting called by Chief Minister E Palaniswamy-led faction after the Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a plea by an MLA owing allegiance to sidelined AIADMK deputy chief TTV Dhinakaran.

The resolutions expected to be passed by the general council, under the chairmanship of presidium chairman E. Madhusudhanan, are sacking of V. K. Sasikala from the general secretary's post and setting up of a steering committee that will take care of party affairs until a new chief is chosen.

Chennai: "There is no general secretary now", fisheries minister D. Jayakumar said on Monday when asked to comment on objection raised by TTV Dhinakaran faction that the general council of the party scheduled on Tuesday was "illegal" since it can not be convened without the approval of the general secretary.

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He contended that no General Council Member of AIADMK (AMMA) faction has approached either general secretary Sasikala or any other office bearer to convene the general council meeting of their faction. He then said Vetrivel had three options - attend tomorrow's meeting either in his individual capacity or as an MLA or choose to remain at his house with his family and friends and enjoy lunch and afternoon siesta or resign his post as a legislator and be rid of the irritants which upset his balance and peace of mind.

The judges sat beyond court hours to hear arguments rendered by representing counsel, before upholding the order of the single judge declining staying the meeting scheduled for today.

Following the legal battle, on Monday night, Sasikala's nephew Dhinakaran threatened to topple the Palaniswami government.

"The AIADMK constitution and the by-laws say that if one-fifth of the general council members want general council meeting, it can be convened". The general council will be followed by an executive council meet. This decision is likely to be taken on October 23 on hearing of a plea by a Sasikala loyalist to impose stay on the gathering.

The court even asked Vetrivel that if he was so annoyed with the meeting he should stay at home and there was no need to file the petition.

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