AIADMK dumps TTV Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary

Posted August 11, 2017

Reportedly, Palaniswami will continue to serve as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and O Panneerselvam is likely to be instated as the deputy Chief Minister of the state.

His remark came after the leader of the Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction led by O. Panneerselvam said it had had not heard from the former on the merger talks.

The resolution signed by the office-bearers said, "Dhinakaran was expelled by Jayalalithaa in December 2011 from the primary membership of the party". The decision to prove his superiority has definitely not gone down well with the Edappadi Palanisamy camp.

The resolution says the appointment of Dinakaran as deputy general secretary of the AIADMK was against party rules as he openly questioned their authority. Nobody can remove the two leaders from party posts, he said indicating the thinking in the Dinakaran camp.

Sources also told Deccan Chronicle that there was a high probability of Palaniswami and Panneerselvam meeting in New Delhi to stitch up the merger that is expected to infuse stability into the AIADMK government, which has been facing uncertainty ever since Jayalalithaa passed away. The party now needs 117 legislators to stay in power. "Will this not be ridiculed?" he asked, adding that numerous new appointees are those who were sidelined by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for "non-performance". Even party deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran claims the support of 22 MLAs and the number is enough to bring down the Palaniswami government, which is on the edge.

All these developments incidentally alarmed the BJP, which instructed both the factions to immediately merge.

"They think if EPS [Palaniswamy] and OPS [Panneerselvam] join hands, every one here [Dinakaran camp] will go back to them". The AIADMK Jayalalthaa faction has hence asked the party cadre to reject the appointments, as they are invalid.

The merger will finally be announced publically by the Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswamy after his meeting with O Panneerselvam. "Otherwise, we will be left without the "Two Leaves" symbol", he said.

He wondered how the EPS camp could comment against Sasikala when they themselves had furnished an affidavit to the EC, endorsing her appointment as party chief.

BJP officials in Tamil Nadu said a senior party leader, who had come in from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 2015, had been in touch with both camps.