AIADMK (Amma) Deposes Sasikala, Dinakaran Ahead Of Merger Of Factions

Kristopher Drake
August 11, 2017

Speaking to reporters finance minister D. Jayakumar hoped that the present move will soon lead to the merger, since OPS had made the total sidelining of the Sasikala family as a precondition for merger.

The two leaders will meet in the party headquarters in Chennai.

Panneerselvam, a Jayalalithaa loyalist and many-time proxy CM, took the chair when the AIADMK supremo passed away in December. The Panneerselvam camp had said that the Palaniswami faction has not honoured their demands of expelling Sasikala and Dinakaran. It said the appointment of TTV Dhinakaran as Sasikala's deputy was against party by-laws and said that his recent appointments was only to cause confusion in party ranks.

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.

AIADMK has been one among the prestigious parties of Tamil Nadu.

Former chief minister Panneerselvam had last week said that the leaders in the rival camp were "only making comments" on the unification, but not making much effort.

Dhinkaran said the Palaniswami camp's act of coming out against him was due to several fears and one of them was that he was going to start my state wide tour to strengthen the party.

The AIADMK had 134 MLAs in the 232-member Assembly. It is understood that the BJP was nudging both the factions to unite and even consider the prospects of joining the NDA formally. It was during his absence that EPS reportedly strengthened his position in the party and emerged as a real threat to Dinakaran.

The merger will finally be announced publically by the Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswamy after his meeting with O Panneerselvam.

The merger is crucial for the AIADMK to get back its two leaves symbol - that was frozen after the split - that is necessary to reach out to the masses easily.

Interestingly, both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are leaving for New Delhi late on Thursday to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of Vice-President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday.

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