Whose AIADMK Is It Anyway? Camp Panneerselavam Sacks Sasikala, Dinakaran

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:57 IST

A day after Tamil Nadu got new Chief Minister, the political crisis seems to be far from over.

Whose AIADMK Is It Anyway? Camp Panneerselavam Sacks Sasikala, Dinakaran
VK Sasikala was convicted in assets case by the Supreme Court on February 14. (AFP)

As VK Sasikala’s ‘proxy’ E Palanisamy readies for tomorrow’s floor test, the new political arithmetic remains a problem for the AIADMK. 

Here are the latest 10 developments in this big political story:

1: A week after he was sacked from AIADMK by General Secretary VK Sasikala, former party Presidium Chairman E Madhusudanan today in turn dismissed her from the primary membership of the party.

2: Madhusudanan, who is in former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's camp, had then disputed Sasikala's powers to dismiss him.

3: In a statement issued in Chennai, Madhusudanan announced the dismissal of Sasikala from the AIADMK's primary membership as she was bringing disrepute to the party.

4: Sasikala is now in a jail in Bengaluru after being convicted in a corruption case. KA Sengottayan has been appointed floor leader of Tamil Nadu Assembly.

5: Madhusudanan also dismissed party Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran and S Venkatesh — both related to Sasikala — from the party's primary membership as they were re-admitted into the party without proper authority.

6: The dismissals came a day after Sasikala loyalist Edappadi Palanisamy was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, along with 30 cabinet ministers, ending the political crisis sparked by the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in December.

7: Main Opposition DMK has decided to skip the trust vote. News agency ANI quoted senior DMK leader and party patriarch M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi as saying, “DMK has made it very clear that we'll not be against/for it; we'll not be participating.”

8: Meanwhile, DMK's Working President MK Stalin has advised newly-sworn-in Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy against smiling at him in the Assembly.

9: The strange advice came just a few days after Sasikala had noted that former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had smiled at Stalin -- and cited that as one of the reasons for asking him to step down.

10: Reacting to that, Panneerselvam had said smiling at another human being is one of the qualities that differentiates humans from animals.