Chennai, Dec 29: Barely a day before the ruling AIADMK’s general council meeting, several people were injured in a clash among senior cadres at party headquarters here on Wednesday.
AIADMK sources said that violence erupted when supporters of expelled leader and Rajya Sabha member Sasikala Pushpa shouted slogans against former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala Natarajan becoming party general secretary.
The then AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa had dismissed Pushpa from the party after she was reported to have indulged in anti-party activities.
Opposing the AIADMK senior leaders’ plea to make Sasikala the party chief, Pushpa had recently announced that she would also contest for the general secretary’s post.
In addition, she filed a petition in the Madras High Court against the AIADMK move to elect Sasikala as its general secretary.
When Pushpa’s husband Lingeswaran, along with her supporters, came to the AIADMK office at Royapettah in Chennai to get the nomination papers on behalf of his wife, Sasikala’s supporters attacked them.
In the melee, Lingeswaran, his lawyer and a few of his supporters were injured.Police personnel, who were deployed at the AIADMK office, rescued the injured persons and admitted them to hospital.
With the AIADMK general council and executive committee meeting on Thursday to unanimously elect Sasikala, the group clash has created tension among the party cadres and senior functionaries.