Published: Mon, April 24, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Quest for poll symbol ousts Sasikala and kin


Panneerselvam also wants withdrawal of affidavits submitted to the Election Commission by the Palaniswami faction declaring Sasikala and Dhinakaran as party general secretary and deputy general secretary, respectively.

This comes amid reports of a possibility of a merger between the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam faction and Dinakaran led Sasikala faction.

AIADMK AMMA deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran has called a meeting of his party MLAs at 3 pm today.

The AIADMK was split on February 7, 2016, when Panneerselvam lashed out against AIADMK supremo VK Sasikala, accusing her of usurping power against the will of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

"Current Chief Minister Palanisamy, who was appointed at the mercy of Sasikala, is not acting as the AIADMK Chief Minister rather he is acting as the Chief Minister of Sasikala and her family", he said. "If these conditions are met, we will immediately start talks", says Muniswamy. Finance Minister Jayakumar had given the statement to the media saying that 20 ministers had been involved in the decision and it had been unanimous. "If they accept these demands only then there will be talks", he said.

The decision followed a meeting last Friday, in which senior ministers told Dinakaran that they would be forced to sideline him if he did not withdraw from party affairs on his own.

A Delhi Court had earlier on Monday sent Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the middleman alleged of striking a deal of Rs. 50 crore to help the AIADMK faction keep the "two leaves" poll symbol, to eight-day long police custody.

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Dinakaran said he would not take any hasty decision and added that he would not act in any way that could harm the party and the government.

Since the talks began between the two factions, Panneerselvam has been demanding that Sasikala and Dhinakaran quit the party. He said they were firm in their stand with regard to other demands, including the one on a probe into Jayalalithaa's death.

"Nobody respects Thambidurai", he said adding that TTV Dinakaran was evicted because he has many cases against him that is why Sasikala family removed him.

These demands from the former chief minister's camp come after comments by senior AIADMK (Amma) leader and Lok Sabha deputy speaker M. Thambidurai that Edappadi Palaniswami will continue as the chief minister.

Dhivakaran boasting about the family's association with Jayalalithaa upset Sasikala, according to sources, leading her to choose TTV as party leader in her absence.

The EPS (E Palaniswamy) faction is reportedly keen on a merger with the OPS (Panneerselvam) faction.

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