Thursday, 22 June, 2017

Lookout notice against him, Dinakaran calls meeting of party MLAs

Police book Dhinakaran for trying to bribe EC in fresh trouble for Sasikala camp 'Need to Stay Together Under Amma's Rule', TN Min Hints at Merger
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 07:34

This seems to have in reference to the cancellation of the RK Nagar by-election after I-T raids on a minister. The spokesperson for Dinakaran's team, Nanjil Sambath said TTV Dinakaran will not come to the party office henceforth. The near-total absence of partymen and MLAs there on the party premises must have influenced his latest announcement that he had made a decision to keep off the AIADMK in the party's interest.

Dhinakaran, who had earlier welcomed the idea of expelled leaders such as Panneerselvam coming back to the party, said he had no problems with a possible merger of the factions now headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam.

Finance Minister D Jayakumar announced late last night the decision to dump Dinakaran and Sasikala.

Before going to prison, Sasikala had throned her nephew TTV Dhinakaran as the party's General Secretary.

Dinakaran had claimed in the morning that he had the support of a majority of the MLAs, but that was not the case when arrived at court. But then, there are some 10 MLAs supporting Dinakaran with whom he can easily topple the government. Dinakaran has called a meeting of party lawmakers at 3 pm today at the party headquarters. "I will not try to prove my strength", said Dhinakaran, who declared that he was "stepping aside", although he was non committal on whether he would be continuing as the Deputy General Secretary of the party.

Despite managing to get a majority of MLAs and MPs to rally behind her, Sasikala failed in her attempt following her conviction by the Supreme Court in the assets case.

Following her imprisonment, her loyalists elected Edappadi Palaniswami as Chief Minister.

Panneerselvam reiterated that AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran and his successor J. Jayalalithaa led the party as a movement of cadres.

Dinakaran, who is facing trouble on multiple fronts, including from the Delhi police which has booked him for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to clinch the "two-leaves" symbol of the party, frozen by the poll panel, for his faction, also said he had no issues with the rival camps merging together. One of the pre-conditions of Panneerselvam for merger was to insulate the party from Sasikala, Dhinakaran and her family.

Taken aback by this demand, the ministers went into a huddle.

"I am ready to move out of the leadership of the party with my family members".