O Paneerselvam’s camp goes on the offensive, expels Sasikala & family from AIADMK

Just one day ahead of the floor test for newly sworn Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edapaddi Palaniswamy, the following political developments have taken place in Tamil Nadu.

In a statement, E Madusudhanan alleged that Sasikala “violated” her promise to Jayalalithaa that she will not enter politics and that she had no inclination to be a part of the party or government.

“VK 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,” he said in a statement.

Madusudanan, who had joined the Pannneerselvam camp last week, had been replaced with KA Sengottaiyan as the Presidium Chairman by Sasikala, a move rejected by the Panneerselvam camp.

Madusudanan also announced the “expulsion” of TTV Dinakaran and S Venkatesh. He said Jayalalithaa had earlier (in 2011) expelled them from the party for “betraying” her. “Their re-induction, done without any authority, is being cancelled,” he said.

Earlier, the Paneerselvam camp had approached the Election Commission to raise the elevation of Sasikala Natarajan and TTV Dhinakaran as interim General Secretary of AIADMK.  The delegation brought to the commission’s notice over the manner in which AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan was elected.

Terming her election as unlawful, the delegation requested the EC to nullify her appointment and all the decisions she took as the general secretary.

Panneerselvam’s camp  has demanded secret ballot on Saturday when the motion of confidence is moved in the assembly, leaders said.

After holding hectic discussions at Panneerselvam’s residence on Friday morning, a small group of AIADMK leaders met the Speaker in the Secretariat and demanded secret ballot on Saturday.

The assembly has been convened on Saturday where Palaniswami with 125 legislators in his camp will seek the confidence of the house for his government.

The OPS camp needs seven more MLAs to cross over from Sasikala camp and vote against the Palaniswami government for it to fall.