Panneerselvam's 'no' to Sasikala family for AIADMK unity

20 April, 2017, 09:14 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel

Dinakaran refused to step down as party deputy general secretary arguing that he had to first consult his aunt Sasikala, party general secretary, who is serving a sentence in a Bengaluru jail.

Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK has decided that its jailed chief VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran will be "kept away from the government and the party" to enable a merger with the rival faction led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam or OPS. "But I don't know", he told reporters.

Reports suggest that the AIADMK ministers met and made a decision to oust Sasikala and Dinakaran from AIADMK with a view to accepting a major condition of former CM O. Panneer Selvam for real unity of the party founded by MGR and developed very carefully by Jayalalithaa.

Speaking in Perikulam in Theni district, about 520 km from here, Panneerselvam told the media: "Our stand is that Sasikala and her family members should not be in the party".

Earlier, an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar had been arrested in this matter.

Demanding the ouster of Sasikala and her nephew from the AIADMK, former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam said the party should not be controlled by one family.

Beleaguered AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dinakaran today struck a conciliatory note, saying he had no problem with the merger of rival party factions and felt the rebellion against him was due to some "fear".

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Only after the merger formalities are completed, can the two factions can approach the EC to unfreeze the symbol. The state's finance minister Jayakumar said,"AIADMK will continue functioning without the family's (Sasikala's) dominance". If the Chief Minister takes a decision, it should not affect party in future also.

The death of Jayalalithaa last December had led to a fresh wave of turmoil culminating in the dramatic announcement by Panneerselvam at her memorial on Marina beach in February, which splintered the party. Later, they joined the meeting at Mr. Thangamani's residence.

He said they need not have gone public with their revolt against him and said " Had they asked me, I would have resigned". O Panneerselvam, who was a regular stand-in for Ms Jayalalithaa while she was alive, was made Chief Minister.

Chief Minister Palaniswami said if Panneerselvam placed such conditions, then unity talks can not proceed further.

The Delhi Police on Monday registered a case against Dinakaran for allegedly attempting to bribe the Election Commission officials through a middleman to get a favourable verdict in the election symbol case. "I will face it legally", he said.

Dinakaran's faction contested on the hat symbol after the Election Commission froze their two leaves symbol while acknowledging the split in the party.

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