AIADMK merger: Dinakaran removed, EPS faction adopts resolution against Sasikala

Randolph Lopez
August 11, 2017

A meeting chaired by Chief Minister Palaniswamy at the party headquarters in Royapettah chose to overrule the elevation of Sasikala's nephew as party deputy general secretary as null and void.

A resolution to this effect was passed after a 90-minute meeting convened by Palaniswami with party office-bearers that included ministers, MPs and MLAs.

Alleging that the Chief Minister has indulging in anti-party activities, he said "they don't even know that they have committed a mistake by using the letterhead of the AIADMK".

But the rival camp of O Panneerselvam is unlikely to accept it as they want expulsion of Sasikala from the party. Of the other nine, four Palaniswami supporters - including Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai - are in Delhi attending Parliament, while the other five are with the Panneerselvam faction.

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According to sources, the meeting decided that VK Sasikala's appointment was "temporary" and her nephew TTV Dinakaran also did not belong to the post of her deputy. The AIADMK spokesperson further clarified that V K Sasikala's appointment as party general secretary was only until the election of a new chief.

"During the RK Nagar byelection, the Election Commission recognised two factions of the AIADMK and ours was named as the AIADMK (Amma)". The appointments that he has made have also been deemed invalid. Dhinakaran had taken up the authority of making appointments for the party and said he had been authorised to make such moves by Sasikala. The update is that Palaniswamy and Panneerselvam are said to meet soon. "But I can tell you that will not happen", a Dinakaran loyalist said.

In the Dinakaran camp, the suspicion now is that the BJP has increased pressure on the two factions to merge quickly. They are now headed to Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Political observers believe that instance made one more thing clear - the power that Naidu wields and his future role in Tamil Nadu politics, until he became the vice-president of the country. Another significant aspect of the resolution signed by 27 office bearers, including Palaniswami, is that it did not use the honorific of "Chinamma" to refer Sasikala, as was the practice in the past. But this proposal is not acceptable to OPS who was CM from December 6, 2016 to February 16, 2017 when he was replaced by Palanisami on the orders of Sasikala.

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