Sasikala sacks AIADMK presidium chairman Madusudanan

Sasikala sacks AIADMK presidium chairman Madusudanan

The MPs who joined the Panneerselvam camp on Saturday were P R Sundaram (Namakkal), Ashok Kumar (Krishnagiri), R Vanaroja (Tiruvannamalai) and V Satyabhama (Tiruppur).

Veeramani, Dravida Kazhagam leader said - By electing Sasikala as the legislative party head, efforts to sabotage the AIADMK have failed.

She also announced the appointment of former minister K.A. Sengottaiyan as the new AIADMK presidium chairman.

Sasikala was not a member of the party for a continuous five years and hence not qualified to be the general secretary, he said. But the icing on the cake turned out to be K Pandiarajan, who had accused Panneerselvam of being an opportunist and hypocrite on Friday and former Minister Ponnaiyan changing their allegiance by Saturday. There is a feeling among some of the MLAs that they would lose their membership of the House if they supported Panneerselvam. "Before she sacked me, I sacked her from the post of General Secretary", said Madhusudanan.

Panneerselvan gave his remarks on Amma's death saying that he did not have any personal suspicion on her death commission of inquiry lead by a supreme court judge will decide that.

This comes even as more party leaders switched loyalties to rival O Panneerselvam.

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He said Jayalalithaa's residence where Sasikala continues to stay should be declared a memorial. There had been allegations that the MLAs were being confined by the Sasikala camp. Among others to land in Panneerselvam camp were former MP Elangovan and former Cuddalore MLA Ayyappan. At the party's General Council meeting on 28th December, appropriate resolutions were passed and later handed over to Sasikala. A pro- Sasikala leader called it "unnecessary".

Sources disclosed to Telangana Today that Rao is of the view that the current situation in the State presents a unique set of constitutional issues with no precedent. The court reportedly observed, "If true, it is a matter of serious concern". "However, this court can not act on the mere say of the counsel".

Almost 130 MLAs, who were taken away in three buses after Wednesday's meeting continue, to remain under the "custody" of Sasikala.

Their "assurance" came in the wake of filing of several habeas corpus petitions in the Madras High Court, stating they were being held hostage. "If (the Governor does not invite us), we will do what needs to be done", she said in a harangued tone. "We are not like birds in a cage", said another legislator.

Earlier in the day, Sasikala said, "Amma has given me 1.5 crore party brothers and sisters and she is confident that I will look after AIADMK".