February 26, 2018

Tamil Nadu Power Struggle May End With Merger As AIADMK Removes Dinakaran

11 August 2017, 12:34 | Kara Nash

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami during a meeting with ministers and party's senior leaders at party's headquarters in Chennai

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami during a meeting with ministers and party's senior leaders at party's headquarters in Chennai

In the resolution, they pointed out that Dhinakaran's appointment as deputy general secretary was not in compliance with the party's rules.

A release issued by Palaniswami after a meeting which was attended by 27 senior office-bearers and Ministers of the party at the party headquarters on Thursday morning said that Dinakaran's appointment as deputy general secretary by VK Sasikala was not tenable. The resolution, signed by the office-bearers including Palaniswami, was released to the media after the meet. Of course, those keeping a close tab on the developments also see this as the BJP's desperate attempt to stop its political rivals from taking advantage of the "fluid situation" in the state, and thereby make inroads into Tamil Nadu politics.

In a hurriedly organised press conference late tonight here, Divakaran pointed towards party workers around him and said, "They are behind Chinamma (Sasikala) for growth and welfare of the party and are not expecting anything in return". After the then treasurer O Panneerselvam was expelled from the party, Srinivasan was named treasurer.

Welcoming the decision, former Minister and spokesman of the AIADMK (PTA) faction KP Munusami said, "They have to get rid of the entire Sasikala clan from the party and order a probe into the factors which led to the hospitalisation and passing away of J Jayalalithaa for the merger to materialise between the two factions". "For sure all steps will be taken for the party's growth".

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However, the response to Thursday's statement from the chief minister has been lukewarm in the Panneerselvam camp.

"We have the courage to take action and we have the support of cadres to do it".

BJP officials in Tamil Nadu said a senior party leader, who had come in from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 2015, had been in touch with both camps. And because Dinakaran poses a more present and potent threat that Sasikala, who is serving a jail term in Bengaluru in a disproportionate assets case, the Palaniswami group went after him. The AIADMK spokesperson further clarified that V K Sasikala's appointment as party general secretary was only until the election of a new chief. That would mean Palanisami manages the government while the party is controlled by OPS. The party also wants the AIADMK government to continue, since an election in Tamil Nadu now will be to the advantage of the Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

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