Sasikala ousted as AIADMK General Secretary

V K Sasikala, who appointed herself as the General Secretary of AIADMK after the death of Jayalalithaa, has been ousted from the party. The decision helped to create a stronghold for Tamil Nadu chief minister E. Palanisamy and O Panneerselvam. The former interim chief of the party is currently doing her sentence for a disproportionate assets case in which Jayalalithaa and Sasikala were investigated for.

The same people who took the decision to make Sasikala the interim chief made the decision today to remove her from the party.

Some reports state that the party is planning on removing TTV Dinakaran too. However, he states that he is still part of the party and serves as the deputy general secretary.

The General Council amended the laws to remove the post of a general secretary in the party thus paving the way for the dismissal of TTV Dinakaran too. The party members believe that Jayalalithaa will remain as the General Secretary and no one can take her place. This was stated as the reason to remove the post.

According to The Hindu, Dinakaran told reporters, “They (Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam and others) selected Sasikala as the General Secretary. But after Sasikala went to jail they started taking steps arbitarily”.

Sources: News18, ET

SC sentences 4 year jail term to Sasikala

On February 14, 2017 the long awaited judgement of Supreme Court arrived to announce V.K. Sasikala, guilty of corruption in disproportionate assets case and sentencing her to a four year jail term, finally deciding her fate and ending her bid to be Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister.

The deceased Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa’s aide was found guilty of accumulating disproportionate assets in the 1990’s. The judgement was delivered by two judges separately who were Justice P C Ghosh and Justice Amitava Roy. The operative part of the 500 page judgements was delivered by Justice P C Ghosh within eight minutes.

The pin drop silence of the court was drowned by the bustle of scribes and lawyers, after which Justice Amitava Roy announced that he would be a supplementary judgement which was in concurrence with Justice P C Ghosh’s judgement.

The judgement also specified that Sasikala is barred from contesting elections for the next ten years.

Due to Jayalalithaa’s death, the proceedings against her were abated but the premise of the case was that during her term as the Chief Minister from the year 1991 to 1996, she had misused her position to amass assets worth 60 crores in a shared fortune with Sasikala and her two relatives, who were also convicted in this case.

The verdict was delivered in Delhi, while general secretary of AIADMK, Sasikala and about 120 party legislators were stationed at a resort in Chennai to prevent rival O Panneerselvam from making any poaching attempts.

Sources: NDTV and Times Of India

 

Panneerselvan removed from Treasurer post rebellion

In the latest development of the turmoil brewing in the Tamil Nadu government, O.Panneerselvam was on Wednesday, February 8, removed from his post as AIADMK Treasurer. The party members have appointed Dindigul C Srinivasan as the new treasurer.

The decision was taken after a late night meeting of ministers and party MLAs post Panneerselvan’s statement against Sasikala on Marina Beach. After paying a surprise visit to Jayalalithaa’s memorial, Pannerselvam said “Amma wanted me to be the chief minister.” He added that he had some revelations to make.

Sasikala retaliated to his revolt, saying that he would definitely be removed from primary membership of the party, adding that there was perfect harmony within AIADMK and that DMK was behind Pannerselvam’s actions.

Panneerselvan had earlier on February 5 resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, citing personal reasons. Breaking his silence later, however, he claimed that he had been forced to resign as CM by party members who had insulted and undermined him while he held the position. His resignation cleared the way for Sasikala, AIADMK party chief to be appointed as the next CM.

However, her swearing-in ceremony, scheduled initially to be held on Wednesday, was delayed. Additionally, with Panneerselvan’s allegations that her selection as Legislature Party leader was not unanimous as indicated earlier, her swearing-in ceremony could be further delayed. In view of this delay, Panneerselvam has been retained as interim CM.

Sources: TOI, Indian Express

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Sasikala to be new AIADMK leader

On Thursday, December 29, Sasikala Natarajan, the close aide of the late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, was appointed the General Secretary of AIADMK, the ruling party in the state. Sasikala accepted the position on Thursday after the party members passed a resolution choosing her as their next leader.

According to The Times of India, the resolution was proposed by 23 leaders, including Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam and Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai. It was seconded by over 2,000 general council members. This is possibly the first time that a general secretary has been appointed without an election.

NDTV reported that Sasikala will formally take over the role from January 2. Her appointment as the general secretary was almost certain, given her political prominence as Amma’s aide. This is in spite of the fact that she is not technically qualified to hold the post since a candidate is required to complete five years as an active member.

This post was previously held by Jayalalithaa until her death on December 5. As soon as Sasikala accepted the post, the banner outside the party office that showed Jayalalithaa was changed to a photo of her presenting flowers to the former. Slogans of “Long live Chinamma (mother’s younger sister)” were shouted. NDTV also quoted Panneerselvam as saying, ‘Sasikala has said she will follow in Jayalalithaa’s footsteps.”

 

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BBC- http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38441705

Sasikala Natarajan selected as general secretary of AIADMK

Chennai, Tamil Nadu – Sasikala Natarajan, the close aide of late AIADMK Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, has been selected as the new General Secretary by the party members.

The AIADMK Spokesperson, C. Ponnaiyan, told ANI in a press conference that Sasikala has been selected to fill the position of General Secretary. He said, “It is the desire of the entire party. Sasikala has functioned as the Conscience of Amma (a term of endearment given to the former CM)”.

However, sources within the party say that Sasikala, who currently holds no official position of power, is yet to consent to their decision. Ponnaiyan added that Sasikala has been silent about this decision and is waiting to hear everyone out.

Until Jayalalithaa’s death, the position of Chief Minister and General Secretary was undertaken by her. Now, it is yet to be seen about the change in the power position within the party, as O. Panneerselvam has been selected as the current Chief Minister.

Touted to be as one of Jayalalithaa’s close confidante, she was arrested along with the late CM for 30 days as part of the Colour TV Scam.

SOURCES: News18, Livemint

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TN Cabinet vouches Bharat Ratna for Jayalalithaa

Chennai, December 11: Tamil Nadu cabinet has decided to recommend the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s name for India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.

In the first meeting chaired by the now Chief Minister O Panneerselvam post the AIADMK supremo’s demise, it was also decided that the Cabinet will propose the center to install a life-size bronze statue of Jayalalithaa in the Parliament complex, reported NDTV.

An official statement read that a resolution was adopted in the Cabinet that recommend the center to grace honourable Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa with the Bharat Ratna.

Along with the installation of her life-size statue, the Council of Ministers also proposed to raise a memorial building for the deceased leader at the MG Ramachandran Memorial site. Jayalalithaa was laid to rest at the same place at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore.

According to News X, the Cabinet has also decided to rename the memorial as Dr Puratchi Thalaviar MGR and Puratchi Thalavi Amma Selvi J Jayalalithaa Memorial.

It was also suggested that a portrait of the leader should be unveiled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

After battling for her life for 75 days, Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5.

Sourced from NDTV and News X

Governor applauds TN police for maintaining decorum post Jayalalithaa’s death

Chennai, December 8: Tamil Nadu police has been recently acknowledged by the governor C Vidyasagar Rao for handling the situation in Chennai prior and post Jayalalithaa’s tragic demise.

The governor has praised the force for working tirelessly to give a fitting farewell to the late Chief Minister by showcasing utmost professionalism during her last voyage, reported the Times of India.

In a statement, Rao said that the people of Tamil Nadu displayed their law-abiding culture and disciplined attitude to the entire nation.

He also declared on record his appreciation of officials and staff, and the entire government machinery, police officials and personnel for their unparalleled committed work during the hour of grief.

According to the Indian Express, the Governor also wrote a letter to the Tamil Nadu DGP T K Rajendran in which he mentioned that he is impressed with the way Tamil Nadu police in general and the Chennai city police in particular has handled the difficult situation of Jayalalithaa’s death that has brought grief to the entire state.

He also said that the iron lady had special love for the police department and the Tamil Nadu police has given a fitting farewell by showcasing utmost professionalism.

Sourced from The Times of India and The Indian Express