India AIADMK cold-shoulders Sasikala and Dinakaran, merger of warring factions on the cards

21:55  18 april  2017
21:55  18 april  2017 Source:   hindustantimes.com

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Jayakumar had hinted after a meeting late last night that the two warring factions of the AIADMK will Dinakaran , a nephew of general secretary VK Sasikala who is serving time in a corruption case, is the party’s RK Nagar candidate. SBI Card starts charging Rs 100 on small payments via cheque.

Tamil Nadu finance minister D Jayakumar hinted at the possibility of a merger between the rival AIADMK factions on Tuesday. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the resignation of Sasikala 's nephew TTV Dinakaran and being a back seat driver of the party.

General secretary of southern Tamil Nadu state's ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), VK Sasikala © Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images General secretary of southern Tamil Nadu state's ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), VK Sasikala Biopic on Sasikala Biopic on Sasikala

Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK party on Tuesday distanced itself from general secretary VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran, brightening prospects of a truce with the O Panneerselvam faction that had rebelled against her leadership.

The decision was “unanimous” and based on the views of all ministers, including chief minister E Palaniswami, legislators, MPs and the people, state minister D Jayakumar said, stressing that a committee will now run the party.

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The warring Sasikala , Panneerselvam factions of AIADMK believe that corruption chanrges against Dinakaran has hurt party's image (File Photo/PTI). There is revolt in the making in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 's ( AIADMK )

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Jayakumar had hinted after a meeting late last night that the two warring factions of the AIADMK will come together, but Panneerselvam appeared adamant on keeping Sasikala at bay before joining forces with CM Palaniswami.

The fast-paced developments in the AIADMK came close on the heels of Delhi Police booking party deputy general secretary Dinakaran for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to get the party’s “two leaves” symbol allotted to his faction.

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Pressure was already mounting on Dinakaran to step down after the poll panel cancelled the RK Nagar assembly by-election following a cash-for-vote scandal, and the police action against him made matters worse. Dinakaran, a nephew of general secretary VK Sasikala who is serving time in a corruption case, is the party’s RK Nagar candidate.

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Dinakaran has taken special permission to meet Sasikala in Bengaluru jail. Late night drama unfolded in Chennai when at least 25 leaders from AIADMK party held a meeting for over an hour, hinting at the merger of two factions of AIADMK - O Panneerselvam and VK Sasikala camps.

The last word is far from being said in the ongoing AIADMK faction war in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK Amma faction leader VK Sasikala , who As the first step towards merger , OPS (O Panneerselvam) has put the condition of ouster of Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran who was recently

The seat fell vacant after the death of chief minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, and the bypoll turned into a battle for her legacy between Sasikala, her aide of almost 30 years, and Panneerselvam, a loyalist.

The AIADMK suffered a vertical split after Jayalalithaa’s death, following which her close aide Sasikala was appointed as the party chief.

However, in February this year, Panneerselvam revolted against Sasikala, alleging that he was forced to make way for her to become chief minister of the state.

Subsequently, some MPs and MLAs joined the Panneerselvam camp even as chief minister K Palaniswami, a Sasikala loyalist, survived a confidence vote in the state assembly.

(With agency inputs)

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