Tamil politics

Former AIADMK presidium chief removes Palaniswami, Sasikala, and her nephew Dinakaran from party

Dinakaran was made deputy general secretary after Sasikala was convicted in a disproportionate assets case earlier this week.

Former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam presidium chief E Madhusudhanan expelled Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (pictured above), party general secretary and deputy general secretary, VK Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran, from the party on Friday. Madhusudhanan, who says he is still presidium chairman, made the move a day after Sasikala’s appointed successor Palaniswami was sworn in as chief minister.

Palaniswami was sworn in more than 10 days after O Panneerselvam resigned. A floor test will be held in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday morning, for the new chief minister to prove his majority. Ahead of the floor test, he is likely to visit Sasikala, who is in a Bengaluru jail, The Times of India reported.

Panneerselvam, who had been expelled from the ruling party, is taking up his case with the Election Commission, after some legislators had alleged they were forced to support Sasikala. However, her chosen chief minister Palaniswami appears to have the numbers to win a floor test.

The crisis in the state had begun after Sasikala was announced the next chief minister and Panneerselvam had resigned after a meeting of AIADMK legislators. Panneerselvam had then revolted against Sasikala, who was an aide of deceased Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s.

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