Appointment illegal, says Madhusudhanan

Dinakaran's appointment goes against the bylaws of AIADMK set down by MGR, says the sacked AIADMK presidium chairman.

Updated - February 16, 2017 09:04 am IST

Published - February 16, 2017 01:24 am IST - CHENNAI:

E. Madhusudhanan

E. Madhusudhanan

Sacked AIADMK presidium chairman, E. Madhusudhanan, has termed the appointment of V.K. Sasikala’s nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran as deputy general secretary as “illegal.”

In an interview to The Hindu , Mr. Madhusudhanan said as per the bylaws of the AIADMK set down by MGR, “only a person who has been a member of the party for five continuous years can hold any post in the party.”

Mr. Madhusudhanan said Mr. Dinakaran was ousted from the party and stripped off the primary membership in 2011 along with Sasikala and other family members. “If he was given the primary membership back today morning, that itself makes the appointment illegal,” he argued.

He also said that Sasikala did not have the powers to appoint anyone as she herself was only an interim general secretary. He further said, “As presidium chairman, only I have the right to appoint. The bylaws state that in the absence of the general secretary, the presidium chairman has the right to take decisions.

When asked how he can appoint anyone since Sasikala had removed him from the party, he shot back: “Who is Sasikala? I only recommended her to the post of general secretary, but she was only interim. She was not elected by the 1.5 crore members of the party. I have already sacked her.”

He also said he would call for elections to the general secretary post soon and all 1.5 crore members of the party could vote.

“I think OPS (O. Panneerselvam) should be the general secretary, but that’s my personal opinion,” he said.

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