Chennai: AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala on Friday dismissed Presidium Chairman E. Madhusudanan from the party for backing acting Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.
Sasikala said in a statement that Madhusudanan had violating the party's principles and brought disrepute to it and so was being ousted from the party post and the AIADMK's primary membership.
The dismissal came a day after Madhusudanan joined hands with Panneerselvam, who has revolted against Sasikala by saying that he quit as Chief Minister under duress.
Earlier on Friday, Madhusudanan told reporters: "As per the party by-law, a person can become General Secretary of AIADMK only if he/she is a member for a continuous period of five years."
Madhusudanan said Sasikala was not a member of the AIADMK for a continuous five years and hence she was not qualified to be the General Secretary.
A former minister, Madhusudanan is one of the long-time members of the AIADMK.