Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Tamil Nadu Power Struggle May End With Merger As AIADMK Removes Dinakaran

Tamil Nadu Power Struggle May End With Merger As AIADMK Removes Dinakaran

Amid the chaos between the two camps of the AIADMK, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, as the latter might play a role in merging both the camps.

He had been expelled by former general secretary J Jayalalithaa in December 2011. The meeting had also said though Sasikala was made the general secretary following the death of Jayalalithaa in December previous year, she could not function in the post now in "view of extraordinary circumstances".

Dhinakaran, who was appointed by Sasikala as her deputy following her conviction in a disproportionate assets case, was sidelined by the party in April. Downplaying Palaniswami's camp taking a stand against him and Sasikala, Dhinakaran today said, "Ministers too are our MLAs, they support us".

The resolution by the EPS faction comes amidst speculation that a merger with former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's party AIADMK (PTA) is on the cards.

Dinakaran supporter Thangathamizhchelvan, a MLA, said nobody had the right to remove Sasikala and Dinakaran from the party.

Chennai: Taking a step closer to a merger, the O Panneerselvam faction on Friday moved the Election Commission with a prayer to reject the almost seven lakh affidavits submitted by the AIADMK-Amma party in support of V K Sasikala and T T V Dhinakaran and termed them "false declarations".

Faction leader Manoj Pandian said they filed an affidavit in the Commission on Friday. This marked the emergence of two groups in AIADMK. He has also said that he will go ahead with his plan of a State-wide tour starting from Madurai on August 14.

According to sources, OPS is not ready for Deputy Chief Minister's post. Following this, Sasikala removed OPS as the Chief Minister and EPS took over. More agitations, just as the one held by the party's yuva morcha recently, to ask for holding local polls and better quality of teachers in government schools are being planned.

Stalled negotiations on the merger of two AIADMK factions picked up again on Thursday after a meeting presided over by Palaniswami questioned the appointment of TTV Dinakaran as AIADMK's deputy general secretary. It was during his absence that EPS reportedly strengthened his position in the party and emerged as a real threat to Dinakaran.

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