Madras HC dismisses plaint to stall 'AIADMK' general council meet

Madras High Court. PTI

The previous General Council meet was held in December following the death of Jayalalithaa wehre the appointment of Sasikala as general secretary was endorsed.

Also, the bench said the observations made by it would in no manner impact the decision that the Election Commission of India will take in the dispute pending before it.

The court said that the litigation wasted its time, adding, "Approach Election Commission instead of coming to us, if you do not wish to attend the meeting better stay at home".

A Bengaluru Court on Monday put an interim stay on holding AIADMK General and Executive meeting on Tuesday after a plea was filed by E Pugazhendi who belongs to the faction of sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran, reported news agency ANI.

"The other view is to have a straight resolution dismissing her and putting at rest any further speculation, he said".

Accepting the submissions made by Senior Counsel C. Aryama Sundaram, representing Mr. Palaniswami, that preventing the meet would affect 2,140 members of the general council, the Bench said: "We see no impediment in law if the rival factions choose to get together and jointly convene a meeting".

Party officials said invitations for the meeting had been sent to all members, including supporters of the Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction.

The steering committee is expected to have equal representation from the EPS and OPS camps of AIADMK although the names will be announced after the GC meet.

The general council meeting will be held at a time when the Opposition led by the DMK has accused the AIADMK government led by K Palaniswamy of having lost the majority in the assembly and demanding that it prove its majority on the floor of the house.

Sensing the impending outcome, Dhinakaran on Monday fired a fresh salvo threatening to bring down the AIADMK government if their demand to change the CM and his deputy CM were not met. Effectively, the number of legislators with voting rights in the assembly is 233. A month after Sasikala took over the party and chose to become the chief minister, O. Panneerselvam rebelled and split away from the party.



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