Dhinakaran removes senior functionary R Vaithilingam from all party posts

The move came a day after Vaithilingam said steps would be taken for the removal of jailed party chief V K Sasikala from the AIADMK.

Published: 22nd August 2017 02:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2017 02:44 PM   |  A+A-

Dinkaran had earlier announced that he would be going to the AIADMK headquarters here but later changed his plans and announced that he would tour the state.

AIADMK deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran has removed Vaithilingam from all party posts.(File | EPS)


CHENNAI: AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran today announced that senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam has been removed from all party posts.

The move came a day after Vaithilingam, a loyalist of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, said steps would be taken for the removal of jailed party chief V K Sasikala from the AIADMK.

Vaithilingam, AIADMK's Thanjavur (South) district secretary, was being removed from all posts, besides primary membership for "going against the party's policies and bringing disrepute" to it, Dhinakaran said. "I request party workers to not to have any truck with him," Dhinakaran said in a statement.

He added that the announcement was being made with the "approval" of Sasikala who is serving her jail term in the disproportionate wealth case in a Bengaluru prison. During the merger of the two AIADMK factions yesterday,

Vaithilingam had said measures would be initiated soon to expel Sasikala from the party, conceding to a key demand made by the faction led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam for the unification.

Vaithilingam, a former minister, was named party deputy coordinator during the merger event at the AIADMK headquarters here.

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