Panneerselvam's 'no' to Sasikala family for AIADMK unity
Chennai: In a dramatic turn of events, the K Palaniswami cabinet on Tuesday revolted against AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran and made a decision to keep him and his family out of the party and the government.
Tamil Nadu finance minister D. Jayakumar on Tuesday night announced that AIADMK ministers had chose to keep Sasikala, Dinakaran and their family members out of the party.
AIADMK's Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran on Wednesday said the state ministers have chose to keep him out of the party due to some fear.
Both AIADMK - the one led by Panneerselvam, and AIADMK (Amma) - were asked to come up with new party names as well as party symbols.
After she was convicted by the Supreme Court in Disproportionate Assets case, Sasi has appointed TTV Dinakaran as the party's deputy general secretary in her absence.
Dinakaran was accused of bribing an Election Commission official to get the "two leaves" symbol for their faction after the party's disintegration into two groups, following former CM of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalitha's death.
While Sengottaiyan's individual stand still remains a mystery, MLAs like Vetrivel said the party can not oust TTV Dinakaran and Sasikala.
"In a bid to keep the AIADMK cadres together and to keep the party cadres intact, it has been chose to stay away from TTV and Sasikala to carry forward the talks of merger with the rival faction led by OPS".
"Dinakaran and his family will be away from AIADMK and its government". According to NDTV, E Palanisamy could remain as the chief minister, whereas, Panneerselvam could be awarded the post of AIADMK general secretary.
Dinakaran and Sasikala were ousted earlier from the party, with Tamil Nadu finance minister D Jayakumar saying they had been "delinked".
The poll was later countermanded by the Election Commission over use of money to induce voters.
He also said as everybody chose to keep him out of the party affairs, he has made a decision to stay out. "However, the ministers could have convened the meeting at the party headquarters and told me about it", a visibly upset Dhinakaran said. He has told local news outlets that there has been no revolt within the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK, and that all leaders of the party are with him. "Now the two sides will talk to each other to take a decision in accordance with the will of the people". But EC itself has come under fire from political parties practising a form of hyper-partisanship as they blame EC for their losses.
Meanwhile Panneerselvam has called a meeting of MLAs on Thursday to work out the plan of action.
Majority of the legislators had lined behind Sasikala and her nominee E. Palaniswami was elected as the Chief Minister.
The Panneerselvam camp is discussing the latest developments.
In March, the AIADMK faction led by Panneerselvam met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi to stake claim to the party symbol of "two leaves" for the RK Nagar seat by-election.