Jayalalithaa announced in a statement here that Velusamy, a former Minister, was being removed as AIADMK's Coimbatore Urban District Secretary and replaced him with his Coimbatore suburban counterpart and Municipal Administration Minister, S P Velumani.

Velumani will handle party affairs till an appointment is made to the post of Urban District Secretary, she said.     The AIADMK general secretary however did not divulge the reasons for Velusamy's removal from the key post.

Meanwhile, Velusamy handed over his resignation letter to Corporation Commissioner G Latha, official sources said.


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