Chennai: DMK Treasurer and Opposition leader of Tamil Nadu Assembly MK Stalin interacts with media persons outside Apollo Hospital, where AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is admitted, in Chennai on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI10_8_2016_000213B)

A day after the AIADMK factions adopted a resolution revoking the appointments of VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran as party general secretary and deputy general secretary respectively, the latter has termed the council meeting as “invalid”. He also hit out at the DMK, calling the party as a “political enemy” and ruling out any political alignment with it.

Dhinakaran was quoted as saying by news agency IANS as saying that “you (Chief Minister Palaniswamy) and others have no moral right to sit in the position that was once wielded by Jayalalithaa. We will send this government home. DMK is our main challenger and we’ll fight against them, and win the elections. The ruling faction is spreading the falsehood that we are in alignment with DMK.

Dhinakaran said that even if more than 500 members of the general council attended the meeting, it is only the general secretary who can convene the meet. He also questioned the validity of the meeting, saying whether or not to conduct it is subject to Madras High Court’s decision.

Citing the resolution that stated that party members cannot visualise anybody other than Jayalalithaa as general secretary, Dhinakaran wondered if the same logic would also apply to the chief minister’s post.

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.

The former deputy secretary general also said that MLAs are supporting the ruling faction due to a fears created regarding facing early elections.

After Jayalalithaa’s death, the party split into three factions — led by Sasikala, Palaniswamy and O Panneerselvam. In August, the factions led by Palaniswamy and Panneerselvam had merged. The merged group held a general council meeting on Tuesday and voted to oust Sasikala as general secretary.

Sasikala, a long-time aide of Jayalalithaa, is in jail in a corruption case.

The general council meeting was held at a time when the Opposition, led by the DMK, has accused the AIADMK government of having lost the majority in the Assembly and demanded that it prove its majority on the floor of the house.


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