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AIADMK informs Election Commission about merger, expulsion of Sasikala

The EC has informed the factions staking claim to the party's symbol that it will hear the matter on October 5

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

AIADMK crisis
V K Sasikala (left) with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami (right) and O Panneerselvam | Photo: PTI

The was today informed about the merger of the two factions of the and the resolutions adopted at its general council meeting, including on the ouster of interim general secretary V K Sasikala, the party said today.

An AIDMK delegation met the Commission and countered the claims of the rebel camp led by and her nephew TTV that the resolutions were invalid.

"The has been informed that the two factions headed by O and have merged to protect Amma's legacy, to respect sentiments of party cadres and for good governance," senior party leader K P Munusamy told reporters after the meeting.

The party also informed the about resolutions adopted in the general council meeting on September 12 on removing and invalidating all appointments made by her, including of her nephew as deputy general secretary.

"Late will be the permanent general Secretary, party top leaders and chief minister will be the Coordinator and Joint Coordinator respectively till elections are held to the posts. The has been informed about all these changes in party rules and regulations," he said.

Party leaders Jayakumar, RB Udayakumar C V Shanmugam, Manoj Pandiana and MP V Maitreyan accompanied Munusamy.

Prior to the merger, the two faction led by and had staked claim to the two-leaf symbol of the The poll panel had frozen the symbol, pending decision on their pleas.

Later, a large group of legislators led by Chief Minister revolted against Sasikala, who is in jail in a graft case, and announced merger of the two factions.

Resolutions ousting as interim general secretary and her nephew as her deputy were also adopted at the party's general council meeting held on September 12.

On September 14, representatives of had approached the urging it to declare as invalid the general council meeting, citing a high court order that said any decision taken at the impugned meeting will be subject to the final outcome in the appeal.

The has informed the factions staking claim to the party's symbol that it will hear the matter on October 5.

The has given the rival factions time till September 29 to file fresh submissions on their general council members and central executive committee members as on December 5, 2016.

First Published: Fri, September 22 2017. 17:43 IST