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After revolt in AIADMK, Sasikala's aide Dinakaran 'steps aside'

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam believes his faction would get the AIADMK party’s two-leaves symbol After revolt in AIADMK, Sasikala's aide Dinakaran 'steps aside'
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 05:58

Emerging from a "consultative" meeting chaired by chief minister E.K. Palaniswami, finance minister D. Jayakumar declared that the "unanimous" decision was taken in tune with the aspirations of the party cadres and people.

The demand for the duo's ouster had come from former chief minister O Panneerselvam, who had earlier been unseated from the chief ministership by Sasikala.

The Delhi Police have issued a look out notice against ousted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dinakaran and the immigration department has been informed about the same.

Panneerselvam said the war for justice would continue "till the main goal is achieved".

This is the second revolt in AIADMK since party supremo Jayalalithaa's death in December last.

The announcement came on a day when the Panneerselvam camp made it clear there can be no talks on a possible merger of the warring factions till the Sasikala family continued to helm the party.

End of Mannargudi Mafia: Stepping down from AIADMK, TTV Dinakaran thanks cadres for support. She was a five-time Chief Minister of the southern state.

The Delhi Police on Monday registered a case against Dinakaran for allegedly attempting to bribe the Election Commission officials through a middleman to get a favourable verdict in the election symbol case.

He said that he has sent a petition to the Election Commission to declare Sasikala's appointment as AIADMK general secretary "illegal".

Dhinakaran says he doesn't want to fight with partymen, but will seek Sasikala's advice.

The poll was later countermanded by the Election Commission over use of money to induce voters.

"I was asked to stay away from party affairs and I will listen to that for the sake of the party". "I have no regrets because I don't have any expectations", he told the reporters. "A series of raids by central agencies (at Health Minister Vijaybaskar's properties) and the case against Dinakaran forced them to come to us for shelter", he claimed.

Following her imprisonment, her loyalists elected Edappadi Palaniswami as Chief Minister. The EC had earlier frozen the symbol because each faction of the party claimed it.

In politics, especially when a government is at stake, it all comes down to numbers. They have betrayed her. Betrayers have to go, ' Panneerselvam added.

Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, speaking to a news channel in New Delhi on Wednesday, urged Dinakaran to respect the party's decision. Responding to a question about joining hands with Panneerselvam, he said, "It is a separate issue and we desire to be united and retrieve the two-leaves symbol".