Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

AIADMK's ruling faction ousts Sasikala, Dinakaran and family

AIADMK's ruling faction ousts Sasikala, Dinakaran and family

Sasikala was elected as AIADMK's General Secretary last December.

Unity efforts in the AIADMK hit a roadblock on Tuesday after former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam sought the exit of the now jailed V.K. Sasikala and her family, and Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said this was unacceptable.

However, Mr. Dhinakaran was wary of the idea of resigning his post, contending it was the General Secretary (V.K. Sasikala) who appointed him as the Deputy General Secretary and he had to consult her [about quitting his post]. Asked if he would gather support of MLAs and show his strength, he said, "I don't want to do anything against my party". "Because it was TTV Dinakaran, who gave a new direction to the AIADMK", ANI reported party AIADMK Amma Nanjil Sampath saying.

When Jayalalithaa died as Chief Minister, her live-in aide, Sasikala quickly appropriated control of AIADMK, a manoeuvre that appeared to have the backing of all party leaders.

While the Edappadi faction offered to merge with the OPS camp, Panneerselvam said that this would be possible only if Sasikala and Dinakaran were removed from the party.

Along with Sasikala her nephew and AIADMK's deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran was also suspended from the party.

In 1989, the faction led by J Jayalalithaa and another by Janaki Ramachandran, both vying to be the successor to the iconic CM MG Ramachandran, set aside their bitter rivalry to create a united AIADMK - a party that went on to dominate TN politics for over two and half decades.

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The two factions had since staked claim to the two leaves symbol which the Election Commission subsequently froze.

"Our stand is Sasikala and her family members should not be in the party", he said.

Panneerselvam also said doubts concerning Jayalalithaa's death had to be cleared. He also denied reports that there was a revolt against him by some ministers in Tamil Nadu.

Panneerselvam's rival group is far smaller, but includes senior leaders who disagreed with Sasikala and family being given charge of the party. "They can maximum put me behind bars".

A team of the Delhi Police Crime Branch reached Chennai on late Wednesday night to serve a notice to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader T.T.V. Dinakaran for joining the probe in a case involving bribing of an Election Commission official to get the "two-leaves" symbol for his faction.

"Former chief minister O Panneerselvam, while going to Madurai, had said that he was ready for the merger without any conditions, which was acceptable to us". When persistently asked about their strength in the Assembly, Jayakumar said "Everyone including Chief Minister are on board". "Whenever you need me, I will come", he said.

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