EPS, OPS take tough stand against Sasikala

Chennai: The AIADMK has hit out at its expelled interim general secretary V K Sasikala and said her sinister design to capture the party will not succeed, even as 16 AIADMK cadres, who were in touch with her, were expelled from the party.

A resolution adopted at the AIADMK legislature party meeting here said, “some people, who are out to malign the party, are spreading a venomous net in a bid to capture the party”.

The resolution moved by former Chief Minister and AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and seconded by joint coordinator and former CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, while making it clear that there was no place for Sasikala, who was the close-aide of late leader J Jayalalithaa in the AIADMK, also sent out a message all is well within in the party and there was no differences between them.

Recalling Sasikala’s statement ahead of the Assembly polls that she has decided to keep away from politics, it said she had been enacting a drama by daily releasing audio clips in TV channels, hinting her return to politics and claiming to capture the party to gain political prominence following the AIADMK’s performance in the elections’.

Stating that the AIADMK, which had grown due to the sacrifices made by two great leaders (founder MGR and J Jayalalithaa) will remain in history as a massive people’s movement and will not destroy itself for the whims and fancies of one family, it said.

Recalling the joint statement issued by them last month warning of stringent action against those violating party discipline, the two leaders said all those who were in touch with Sasikala in the series of audio clips will face disciplinary action for violating party discipline and for acting in a manner that brought disrepute to the party.

Soon after the meeting adopted a resolution, the two leaders issued a joint statement expelling party spokesman V Pugalendhi and 15 others, including former Minister M Anandan and former MP V K Chinnasamy from the primary membership of the party.

They said these party members, representing various districts, were expelled from the party from today onwards and urged the AIADMK cadres not to have any links with them.

In another release, the two leaders also expelled Theni district functionary AKM Azhagarsamy from the party for alleging putting out posters against Palaniswami and hailing Panneerselvam, triggering rumours of some differences between OPS and EPS.

However, by expelling him, the two leaders cleared the air that all is well between them.


NT Bureau