The Interim General Secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party, VK Sasikala has expelled 20 leaders including Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, from the primary membership of the party today.
The decision came within hours after Supreme Court convicted her and two others in a disproportionate assets case.
An official statement in Tamil, signed by Sasikala read “The members have been expelled from the party for acting against the party’s principles and beliefs, for indulging in anti-party activities as well as behaving against the interest of the party.”
Meanwhile, AIADMK men supporting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam started to celebrate after the Supreme Court upheld the conviction of party general secretary VK Sasikala and others in the disproportionate assets case.
When asked why they were celebrating since their late leader J Jayalalithaa was also involved in the case, the jubilant crowd said Sasikala and her family were to blame.
They reiterated that Jayalalithaa more famously known among the citizens of Tamil Nadu as “Amma” was innocent.
India’s Supreme Court convicted VK Sasikala under charges of the disproportionate assets case. AIADMK chief VK Sasikala’s hope of becoming chief minister of Tamil Nadu was shattered with the Supreme Court upholding her conviction in a corruption case.
The verdict bars her from contesting polls for nearly 10 years. 60-year-old Sasikala a close aide of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who was locked in a bitter struggle for power in the ruling AIADMK with Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, was ordered to surrender forthwith and serve the remaining part of her four-year jail term.
The AIADMK general secretary has already served almost six months in jail.
Reports against her suggested that she misused her office to accrue properties worth over 660 million Indian rupees that did not add up to her known sources of income.
The trial of the case has been going on for the last 20 years and was shifted outside Chennai by the opposition party, DMK for the sake of a fairer jurisdiction.
Meanwhile in another development, the Governor of Tamil Nadu C Vidyasagar Rao is scheduled to meet AIADMK Legislature party leader Edapadi K.Palanisamy this evening.