Chennai: Fourteen resolutions were passed at the general council meeting of the AIADMK today, and one among them accorded full powers to party general secretary and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to chalk out strategies and take all decisions regarding the 2016 Assembly elections.
A resolution praised the Chief Minister for giving speedy relief and rehabilitation to people of Chennai and other districts following unprecedented rain and floods.
Another resolution called for immediate release of Central funds as requested by the State government.
The general council also urged the Central government to hold talks with Sri Lanka to stop apprehension and torture of Indian fishermen along Katchatheevu and one more urging the Centre to remove the ban on jallikattu immediately.
"The year 2016 should blossom as AIADMK year under the leadership of Jayalalithaa," a resolution said.
"In order to ensure the AIADMK’s victory in the 2016 Assembly elections, this general council authorises party general secretary to take all election-related decisions," the resolution, proposed by presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan and seconded by all members of the body, said.
AIADMK workers from all over Tamilnadu thronged Tiruvanmiyur today for the general council and executive committee meetings.
Festoons, party flags, music and slogans brought a festival mood to Tiruvanmiyur.
The police had a hard time keeping the crowd in check and there were traffic bottlenecks too. There was no space for parking in any of the streets near the venue.
Once the convoy of the Chief Minister entered the venue around 10.40 am, the crowd started raising slogans praising her. After the meetings and after Jayalalithaa addressed them, the AIADMK members were seen upbeat and expressed the confidence that the party will emerge triumphant in the Assembly elections in 2016.