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Chennai: The ruling AIADMK's General Council on Tuesday annulled the appointment of VK Sasikala as the party's General Secretary and also struck down the appointments made by her before going to jail, including making her nephew TTV Dinakaran the party Deputy General Secretary.

In other major decisions, the General Council altered the party's organisational structure to a collective leadership structure. It amended the party rules whereby none will be elected or nominated to the post of General Secretary - a position held by party supremo and late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa till her death.

The General Council also decided that party Coordinator (now held by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam) and Joint Coordinator (held by Chief Minister K Palaniswami) will oversee the party affairs. The General Council also introduced a rule whereby the party's Coordinator and Joint Coordinator would be elected by the General Council, and they would hold the post for five years.

With the annulment of the appointment of Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary, the appointments made by him are also struck down.

Sasikala was appointed interim General Secretary last December following the death of party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Sasikala had appointed Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary before going to jail.

The council also ratified the recent merger of the two factions led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam.

One of the basic demands of Panneerselvam camp for the merger with Palaniswami was the dismissal of Sasikala and her family members from the party.

Party officials said the power to admit or dismiss a member rests with the party General Secretary. This power has been now transferred to party Coordinator and Joint Coordinator following the amendments to the rules.

Party officials said the dismissal of Sasikala and her family from the party may happen now - under the new organisational structure.

The General Council also resolved to restore all those who were party office bearers appointed by Jayalalithaa. They will continue to hold office now, it said.

A total of 14 resolutions including the ones hailing the merger of two factions; the government for celebrating the birth centenary of late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran were passed.