Central Hall Tales: AIADMK leaders get high security ahead of meet to sack Sasikala

opinion | Monday, September 11th, 2017
R Rajagopalan

The fate of imprisoned AIADMK leader, Sasikala will be decided on Tuesday.  Chennai is gearing up to hold the General Council meeting, and massive pandals are being erected at the venue. 

The  All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam  (AIADMK)  will have to now decide whether to sack Sasikala as General Secretary of AIADMK or not?

The decision on this will be taken by the AIADMK General Council - which comprises of a total of 3425 members. The meeting will be presided over by party's Presidium Chairman E. Madhusudhanan at Sri Varu Venkatachalapathy Palace Mahal, in Vanagaram near Chennai.
Both the factions of AIADMK OPS and EPS had met at the headquarters in August, where four resolutions were adopted including the announcements made by the sidelined 
Deputy General Secretary of the AIADMK (Amma) TTV Dhinakaran as "not valid,"  and retrieving Dr Namadhu MGR and Jaya TV  from the clan of V.K. Sasikala. 

The third motion mentioned that a meeting of the general council and executive council would be convened shortly. The last resolution talked of efforts to be made for running the party and the government “cohesively and protecting” them.  

The AIADMK leaders have asked for top-level protection for the leaders attending the meet.

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Cabinet Committee on Security to clear PM visit to UNGA

The Cabinet Committee on Security will hold its first meeting on Tuesday. The CCS is the highest policy-making body of the Union Cabinet on the internal and external security of the country.

This will also be the first meeting of the Union Cabinet since the reshuffle. The leaders are expected to discuss on eight important issues concerning Union Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce, Telecom and Urban Development.

The CCS is scheduled to meet at 3 pm. The agenda papers have been circulated, however, contents of it are "top secret." However, the word in the high-corridors is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to formally brief the CCS about his China and Myanmar visit. 

During the CCS meet, PM Modi is also expected discuss the talking points on security issues that he will be raising at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on September 24. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi new dictum to his Council of Ministers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his Council of Ministers to pay a courtesy call on the President Ram Nath Kovind-former President Pranab Mukherjee and 
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. This instruction was communicated by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to the Union Council of Ministers.

What does it mean politically?  This instruction to the Union Ministers is in continuation of an internal dialogue that has been taking place since the elections in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP chief Amit Shah often undertakes visits to the homes of Central Parliamentary Board members, and this has helped the party a lot in improving the personal relations among its leaders.

Now PM Modi wants to bring the same level of bonhomie in the top-rung as well.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh currently holds a  meeting of senior ministers at his residence. On September 8, Singh, in fact, held the screening of the film Mughal-e-Azam.  Nitin Gadkari too has now started similar 'hangouts.'

And all these meetings have just one agenda, that is, how to win the 2019 elections?


R Rajagopalan is a senior correspondent in New Delhi. The views expressed here are his own and do not reflect those of Asianet Newsable

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