AIADMK removes Dhinakaran as deputy general secretary

AIADMK merger likely this weekend, VK Sasikala may exit

AIADMK merger likely this weekend, VK Sasikala may exit

The faction of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy has also passed a resolution as per which all the appointments made by AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran stand null and void.

While this is a significant step in healing the rift with the breakaway faction led by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS), senior leaders in the breakaway faction described the resolution as a half measure.

The EPS faction in the resolution stated that Dinakaran's recent appointments of party functionaries will not disclaim with AIADMK in any manner.

The decision to sideline Dinakaran completely came after a night of hectic discussions in the Palaniswamy camp. The meeting also said though Sasikala was made general secretary fol- lowing the death of party supremo Jayalalithaa in December a year ago, she could not function in the post in "view of extraordinary circumstances". Apart from voter bribery, Dinakaran was also accused of trying to influence the Election Commission to win the party's "two leaves" symbol which had been frozen by the poll panel. O Panneerselvan is also scheduled to visit Delhi on Friday. This stemmed from the fact that he had the full support of at least eight MLAs, who could pull the plug on the government at any point. As he failed to be a primary member it is not legal for him to become the party general secretary according to the Aiadmk by-law. The party now needs 117 legislators to stay in power.

During December 2016, after the former minister J Jayalalitha's unexpected, suspicious death, her long time aide VK Sasikala took over the governance of the AIADMK.

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This led to speculation that the two warring factions of the AIADMK are all set to merge.

"They think if EPS [Palaniswamy] and OPS [Panneerselvam] join hands, every one here [Dinakaran camp] will go back to them". "Dinakaran has been clearly told he has no powers".

He was admitted by Sasikala on February 15, the day she surrendered in the Bengaluru court in connection with the corruption case, and on the same day he was made party deputy general secretary. "We want Sasikala removed from the party and a probe ordered into the death of our leader Jayalalithaa", he reiterated. They are now headed to Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

But the resolution has met with strong criticism from Dhinakaran's supporters, who rule out any question of a reconciliation or expulsion.

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