Top AIADMK bodies to meet today

The meeting is scheduled to be held at a marriage hall outside Chennai and will be presided over by AIADMK presidium chairman, E Madhusudhanan.

Chennai: Top decision-making bodies of the ruling AIADMK, its general council and executive, are all set to meet near here on Friday, the party`s first after it stormed
to power defeating arch rival DMK in the April 13 Assembly polls.

The meeting assumes significance as it comes close on the heels of the expulsion from the party by AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa her long-time associate and close aide Sasikala and her relatives, including her husband.

The partymen rallied behind Jayalalithaa to assure that the party was behind her at such a crucial time. The expulsions are likely to be discussed by the members tomorrow.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at a marriage hall outside Chennai and will be presided over by AIADMK Presidium Chairman, E Madhusudhanan.

The members meet at a time when Tamil Nadu is locked with Kerala in a bitter row over the Mullaperiyar dam, with the latter insisting on replacing it with a new dam, claiming it to be weak.

Tamil Nadu has stiffly resisted the move, holding that the 116 year-old dam is "as good as new" and accused Kerala of whipping up a "fear psychosis".

Further, protests against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tirunelveli district are intensifying, putting the state government in a spot.

Even the previous DMK government had placed its bet on the completion of the project, which would yield Tamil Nadu 925 mw of power, to address the power woes of the state.

PTI

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