Bengaluru civil court orders interim stay on AIDMK general council meeting

In a major set back to TTV Dhinakaran's faction the Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by rebel MLA seeking to restrain the unified AIADMK's general council meeting organised by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. PTI file

In a major set back to TTV Dhinakaran's faction the Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by rebel MLA seeking to restrain the unified AIADMK's general council meeting organised by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. PTI file

On Monday, lawmaker P Vetrivel petitioned the High Court to stall the General Council Meeting contending that the meeting convened by the ruling faction was "illegal" since only the party General Secretary has the power to call such a meeting. The general council meeting is expected to expel Sasikala and her nephew Dhinakaran and also to reverse all the appointments made after late party supremo J Jayalalithaa's demise.

It was also chose to retrieve the party's mouthpiece Namadhu MGR and television channel Jaya TV.

Speaking on the agenda of the 12 September meeting, AIADMK sources told PTI that steps would be taken to consider removing Sasikala as the chief of the party at the meeting of the general council, the apex body of the AIADMK.

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In his plea, Pugazhendi argued that only the partys general secretary V K Sasikala, who is presently lodged at the central prison here following her conviction in the disproportionate assets case, or the Deputy General Secretary (Dhinakaran) are authorised to convene the meeting.

The General Council has around 1,300-1,400 members, and almost 85 per cent of them are supporters of the ruling faction.

TN Chief Minister EPS and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam (OPS) have arrived for the general council meet. He then said Vetrivel had three options - attend tomorrow's meeting either in his individual capacity or as an MLA or choose to remain at his house with his family and friends and enjoy lunch and afternoon siesta or resign his post as a legislator and be rid of the irritants which upset his balance and peace of mind.

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The decision to hold a general council meeting on 12 September was taken during the 28 August meeting.

Dinakaran's remarks came a day after C.R. Saraswathi, an MLA of his faction said that the Tamil Nadu Governor, Vidyasagar Rao, should immediately give a decision on the fate of chief ministership of the state.

In the 235-member assembly, there are 234 members, including one nominated member without voting rights.

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