Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

TTV Dhinakaran steps aside in 'interest of AIADMK'

TTV Dhinakaran steps aside in 'interest of AIADMK'

This has come as a possible end to "Chinamma rule" which Sasikala and her family was eying since the death of former Chief Minister and Party matriarch J Jayalalithaa.

The spokesperson of the O. Panneerselvam camp of the AIADMK, Azhagu Tamil Selvi, said that the party wants Panneerselvam to become chief minister.

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, adding it was nothing short of treason to allow the former to control the party's affairs. "He is cheating everybody, even late Jayalalithaa", she added. This is a democratic organisation. "How can I escape from India", he told reporters.

"There is no opposition to me in the party", he said, breaking his silence since influential section of Ministers revolted against him last night and made a decision to keep General Secretary V K Sasikala and him out of the party.

Panneerselvam, who is scheduled to arrive here tonight, is expected to consult his AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) faction leaders on the future course of action. He had put a condition that the merger will only happen if Sasikala and her family is ousted from the party.

He said in Chennai that the meeting of the ministers was "unofficial" and only those meetings held at the AIADMK office were "official".

Noting that Dhinakaran was away in Bengaluru yesterday, he wanted to know how the meeting could have had his nod.

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

Incidentally, Chief Minister Palaniswami did not attend any of the parleys where members of his ministry discussed the possibility of a merger. "Hereafter, we will act independently, without the interference of that family", Tamil Nadu Law Minister C.V. Shanmugam told ANI.

The AIADMK split into two after Jayalalithaa's death. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Panneerselvam said that both factions will now work towards fulfilling the aspirations of party workers.

The Delhi Police issued the lookout notice against Dinakaran in connection with the case registered against him for allegedly attempting to bribe an EC official to get the coveted "two-leaves" symbol for his faction.

Admitting that AIADMK had turned against him, Dhinakaran said that the revolt might have been due to some fears.

Dhinakaran also faces two FERA violation cases. There was reportedly disquiet in Tamil Nadu's ruling party ever since Income Tax officials raided Health Minister Vijayabaskar's premises and seized evidence of bribing voters for the bypoll to R K Nagar assembly seat.

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