Tamil Nadu: AIADMK dumps Sasikala and Dinakaran to facilitate merger

Chennai: Merger talks will be held only when Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK sacks its top leaders VK Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran, the faction led by O Panneerselvam said on Thursday.

The merger of two factions of AIADMK headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O Pannerselvam looks far away as a trust deficit doesn't seem to have melted away between OPS and EPS camps. "They claim to have removed Sasikala's family but they have to take back the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission calling Sasikala [the party's] general secretary and TTV Dhinakaran as deputy general secretary", he added.

Panneerselvam also wants the Palaniswami government to recommend a CBI probe to go into the circumstances that led to Jayalalithaa's death in December past year.

When Jayalalithaa died as Chief Minister, her live-in aide, Sasikala quickly appropriated control of AIADMK, a manoeuvre that appeared to have the backing of all party leaders.

Senior ministers, including D Jayakumar and KA Sengottaiyan, who chairs the AIADMK presidium and had hitherto sided with Dinakaran, had questioned the beleaguered leader's locus standi to convene a meeting of legislators and the party's district secretaries. And was soft. The rival faction, now led by Chief Minister E Palaniswamy, said it has no conditions for starting unity talks.

Dinakaran earlier said that as everyone had made a decision to keep him out of party affairs, he had chose to stay out.




His sentiments were echoed by AIADMK Amma MLA P Vetrivel, whom ANI quoted as saying that they would "never accept the decision". He had claimed that both Sasikala and Dinakaran had been involved in corrupt activities. "Let's all work together to retrieve the Two-Leaf symbol", it said.

"After Amma's (Jayalalithaa) death, the party went into the hands of Sasikala's family and to prevent it we had launched a dharma yudh".

Queried about his resignation he said it was Sasikala who had appointed him as the Deputy General Secretary and he would resign his post only after discussing it with her.

"Our struggle was only to keep Sasikala's influence away from the AIADMK", he says, adding that he does not want to be the reason behind the split in the party.

Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, speaking to a news channel in New Delhi on Wednesday, urged Dinakaran to respect the party's decision.

He said the Palaniswami camp had not put forth any conditions for the merger talks and that they would "happily" sit for negotiations considering the party's welfare.

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