AIADMK row: OPS camp removes Sasikala, nephews from party
In a bid to ensure her control over the party, Sasikala earlier brought back her family members, who were expelled by J. Jayalalithaa, into the party
A day after AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala loyalist Edappadi K Palanisamy took over as the new Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, the rival O. Panneerselvam camp on Friday removed Sasikala and her two relatives from the party, citing their act "against its principles and ideals”.
E. Madusudanan, who joined the Panneerselvam camp last week, said in a statement that Sasikala has violated the promise she gave to late Jayalaithaa saying that she will not enter politics and holds no inclination to be a part of the party, The Hindu reported.
“V.K. Sasikala is being removed from the party’s primary membership for going against the party principles and ideals, and having violated her promise to Amma (Jayalalithaa), besides facing criminal cases. She has brought disrepute to the party,” the statement read.
Earlier, Sasikala brought back her family members, who were expelled by J. Jayalalithaa earlier, into the party. In a bid to ensure her control over the party, she revoked the suspension of her nephews T.T.V. Dinakaran and S. Venkatesh and also appointed Dinakaran as the deputy general secretary of AIADMK.
Madusudanan also announced the party has expelled T.T.V. Dinakaran and S. Venkatesh from the party.
In 2011, late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had expelled Sasikala and her family members, including her husband M. Natarajan, for their anti-party activities, and however, re-admitted Sasikala after she apologised and agreed to close ties with others.
Meanwhile, Panneerselvam said Jayalalithaa made it clear that she only allowed Sasikala back into the party and not her family members. "She had removed her family members from the primary membership of the AIADMK and did not re-admit them till her death. But the government that has taken charge in Tamil Nadu today is Sasikala’s proxy and doesn’t comprise Amma’s true loyalists,” emphasised .
He vowed to reinstall a government that would be filled with loyalists of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. In a covered reference to the appointment of Sasikala’s nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran as party deputy general secretary, he said, “It is unfortunate that all those who were disowned by her are now in charge of the party.”