Tamil Nadu speaker precludes 18 AIADMK MLAs

The 18 MLAs who were supporting TTV Dhinakaran have been disqualified with effect from Monday under the 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members Party Defection Law.
Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, P Dhanapal stated, “18 protesting AIADMK MLAs faithful to sidelined party Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran precluded.”
One of the protesting MLAs, SKT Jakkaiyan, had later changed camps to help Palanisamy. These 18 MLAs had since been requesting the evacuation of the Chief Minister.
Earlier, Chief Government Whip S Rajendran had asked the Speaker to exclude the said MLAs for “hostile to party exercises” following their rebellion against the Chief Minister. Despite the fact that the Speaker had issued a notification to all the dissenting MLAs looking for their individual nearness, they did not turn up. A determination embraced at a meeting led by Palanisamy on August 28 had said Dhinakaran was “expelled” from the post of Deputy General Secretary.Opposition parties have since been demanding the Governor coordinate a story test for the Palanisamy government for demonstrating its larger part in the Assembly.In the 234-part House, AIADMK has a quality of 134 MLAs.
A determination embraced at a meeting led by Palanisamy on August 28 had said Dhinakaran was “expelled” from the post of Deputy General Secretary. Opposition parties have since been demanding the Governor to coordinate a floor test for the Palanisamy government for demonstrating its larger part in the Assembly. In the 234-part House, AIADMK has a quality of 134 MLAs.
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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.”

 

TIMES OF INDIA-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/sasikala-has-accepted-aiadmk-general-secretary-post-paneerselvam-says/articleshow/56233725.c

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