Sunday, 30 April, 2017

Tamil Nadu: AIADMK dumps Sasikala and Dinakaran to facilitate merger

Dinakaran's Middleman Tried to Bribe EC, Confesses Arrested Aide Dinakaran in Bengaluru, to meet Sasikala today
Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 16:40

Police had lodged an FIR against Dinakaran soon after arresting an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who was purportedly helping the leader reach out to an unidentified EC official in return for an astounding Rs 50 crore.

While Sengottaiyan's individual stand still remains a mystery, MLAs like Vetrivel said the party can not oust TTV Dinakaran and Sasikala.

Meanwhile, the O Panneerselvam camp took to Twitter to express its willingness to hold talks with the AIADMK (Amma) faction.

He said the party should get their resignation letters and issue a statement that they have been removed from AIADMK.

He said they need not have gone public with their revolt against him and said " Had they asked me, I would have resigned". But with this decision of Mannargudi family's seclusion brewing among ministers, reaction of TTV Dinakaran will play a pivotal role in AIADMK's future course.

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.

Talks for merger between the two factions appeared to have hit a roadblock with the former chief minister Panneerselvam's camp laying down conditions including a CBI probe into the the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa's death.

In the troubled waters of Tamil Nadu politics, the latest name to cause ripples is that of TTV Dinakaran's.

Jayakumar, the Finance Minister, had said late Tuesday night that a committee of senior Ministers has been constituted to run the party affairs till a new general secretary is elected by the cadre. The family might remain in the party even after Dhinakaran has left, with Sasikala's husband and other nephews joining the party later, he added. The AIADMK has been divided into two factions; the Panneerselvam camp and the Sasikala camp (Palaniswami camp after her arrest). "If an election had to happen then OPS will win".

Dinakaran earlier said that as everyone had chose to keep him out of party affairs, he had made a decision to stay out.

The dramatic fall of T T V Dhinakaran had the BJP's signature written all over, but it could be rivalry within Sasikala's family that put the final nail in the coffin of his political career.

Munusamy also clarified that they were not eyeing the chief minister's post.

The Delhi Police is likely to send a team to Chennai with summons for Dinakaran, accused of allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to obtain the "two-leaves" symbol for his faction.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Thambidurai meet twice fuelling speculations.