Reply to Petition on Appointment as AIADMK General Secretary: EC to Sasikala

New Delhi: The Election Commission has asked VK Sasikala, who is currently lodged in Bengaluru jail in a corruption case, to respond to a petition filed against her challenging her appointment as AIADMK general secretary.

The EC made it clear that if she fails to answer, it will be "presumed" that she has no comments to offer and it will proceed in the matter accordingly. The Commission has sent the notice to Sasikala and has sought her response by February 28.

The Commission issued the notice just a day after the Panneerselvam camp led by Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan submitted two petitions against Sasikala's elevation.

A 12-member delegation of the Panneerselvam faction had met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and other top officials on Thursday, and submitted a memorandum demanding that it decline approval to her elevation to the top party post.

In its 42-page petition, the delegation claimed Sasikala's election was violative of the party constitution as she was chosen by the general council of the party and not the primary members.

The notice to Sasikala came a day before her loyalist Edappadi Palaniswami seeks the vote of confidence in the Assembly.

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