AIADMK says no rule violated in Sasikala's appointment
The Election Commission had issued the notice in response to petitions filed by V. Maitreyan, Member of Parliament and 11 other MPs belonging to the O Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK.
In response to Election Commission's notice, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has contended that the appointment of V.K. Sasikala (who is now lodged at a jail in Bengaluru) as general secretary of the AIADMK has been made in consonance with the party’s rules and regulations.
The party responded to notice of February 17 explaining to the panel that it was the general council of the party that took the decision of making Sasikala the general secretary, pending the filling of the post as per Rule 20 (ii), which, among others, states that “the general secretary shall be elected by primary members” of the party. Accordingly, a resolution was unanimously passed.
Again, as per the Rule 19 (viii), the decision of the general council “is final and binding on all the members of the party.” Citing this proviso, the general council was empowered, through another resolution, to take the decision of filling the post of general secretary, according to a source.
Earlier, the Election Commission had issued the notice in response to petitions filed by V. Maitreyan, Member of Parliament and 11 other MPs belonging to the O Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK.
The reply also contended that the Election Commission could not go into internal affairs of the AIADMK. The reply added that petitioners were also a party to the decision of the general council.