Vastavam web: The ruling AIADMK today continued to crack the whip on supporters of rebel leader T T V Dhinakaran post its R K Nagar bypoll defeat, expelling 44 of them and relieving two others from party posts.Reacting to the crackdown on his loyalists, Dhinakaran said they had “no authority” to act against them.In a joint statement, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami named the functionaries, holding various posts including membership to the powerful decision making general council and covering the AIADMK units in Madurai, Villupuram, Dharmapuri, Tiruchirappalli and Perambalur, among others.
They were being “removed” since they went against the party’s principles and brought “disrepute” to the AIADMK, they said in the statement.”Party workers are requested not to have any truck with them,” Palaniswami, also the chief minister, and his deputy Panneerselvam, said in the statement.”It is only Palaniswami and Panneerselvam and co who have betrayed the party. Only they should be expelled by us. Only the general secretary can expel (functionaries),” he said in an apparent reference to deposed party leader V K Sasikala.
Following the death of AIADMK supremo and then chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year, Sasikala was appointed party’s interim general secretary.
After a patch-up between rival camps headed by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, a party general council headed by them in September this year had annulled her appointment.Stung by the R K Nagar bypoll defeat, the ruling camp on December 25 had cracked the whip against nine party functionaries.
The two leaders had then sacked four of Dhinakaran’s aides as district secretaries, while expelling five others.Dhinakaran won the December 21 RK Nagar bypoll defeating the ruling AIADMK’s candidate E Madhusudhanan by a thumping margin of over 40,000 votes.Dhinakaran, sidelined by the ruling camp a few months ago, won as an independent candidate.