AIADMK symbol row: The verdict is a setback to VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran, and will make deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) and his close aides insecure.
In fact, days after the merger of the EPS and OPS factions of the AIADMK, Thangamani had faced T T V Dinakaran’s wrath as the sidelined AIADMK leader removedThangamani from the post of the party’s Namakkal district secretary.
A few days ago, the Opposition had questioned the AIADMK on why Chief Minister E Palaniswami was not inaugurating the memorial. Palaniswami later clarified he had prior commitments and deputed Panneerselvam to lead today’s function
The 28,300 sq ft memorial has been built by the Public Works Department at a cost of Rs 2.80 crore at Adyar here in the Dravidian style of architecture.
Their act of voting against party’s whip was not condoned within 15 days, the petitioner said, contending that despite lapse of more than six months even notices had not been issued showing complete “malafide and partisan” behaviour of the speaker.
On Thursday morning, Justice M Duraiswamy asked the advocate general for instructions from the Speaker on the issue. Later, the government counsel submitted that the Speaker was not in a position to make any statement in court and that he was exercising his constitutional authority on the issue.
A third resolution says the appointment of Sasikala was an interim arrangement, and her appointment of Dinakaran as AIADMK deputy general secretary was against party bylaws. The fourth resolution resolves to take legal action over Dr Namadhu MGR, the party’s media organ, and Jaya TV channel, both of which are controlled by members of Sasikala family.
Rival AIADMK factions led by chief minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam buried the hatchet and merged earlier this week, as they said steps would be taken to expel jailed party general secretary V K Sasikala.
AIADMK merger fallout: Following Stalin’s demand for a floor test, at least 15 MLAs supporting Dinakaran were shifted to two resorts in Puducherry. Fresh roadblocks seemed to have appeared before Palaniswami as 10 more MLAs are likely to join Dinakaran camp, as per sources in both camps.
AIADMK merger: The deal, reached after several rounds of negotiations with the blessings of the BJP, will lead to the formal ouster of V K Sasikala as the AIADMK general secretary — the close aide of Jayalalithaa is doing time in prison in a disproportionate assets case.
Over six months after a bitter split, rival AIADMK factions merged following a power sharing arrangement under which K Palaniswami will remain the chief minister and O Panneerselvam was made his deputy.
Earlier today, 17 AIADMK MLAs reached deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran’s residence and pledged their support.
Apart from ouster of Sasikala from the party, the OPS camp has also demanded a CBI probe into J Jayalalithaa’s death, and the post of either chief minister or party general secretary for OPS.
AIADMK merger live updates: AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam announced their merger on Monday. O Panneerselvam will be the Deputy Chief Minister. An eleven-member coordination committee will run the party.
AIADMK merger: The two AIADMK factions are allegedly under pressure from the BJP to announce the merger before August 22, the day BJP chief Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Tamil Nadu. OPS is learnt to have taken the final decision to seal the deal at a meeting with his senior aides late on Friday night.