Head of ruling party in India's Tamil Nadu removed

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-12 15:49:52|Editor: Zhou Xin
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NEW DELHI, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Khazagham (AIADMK), the ruling party in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on Tuesday removed V. K. Sasikala from the top post of the party, party officials said.

Sasikala, the trusted aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, was named as general secretary of the AIADMK in December last year.

"The AIADMK general body meeting which is being held here at Vanagaram passed a resolution that only those appointed by Jayalalithaa before her death shall continue to be office-bearers," a party insider said.

"The temporary general secretary post has been scrapped and V. K. Sasikala was sacked as general secretary and all decisions made by Sasikala's nephew TTV Dinakaran have been scrapped."

The members decided that Jayalalithaa would be the eternal general secretary of the party, the official said.

Jayalalithaa, a former movie star, has served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu since 1991.

Following her death last year, the AIADMK witnessed factionalism. The meeting is aimed at the unifity of party.