Dhinakaran accused the state government of trying to use “the doubts over Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) death” to “divert” the attention from its misgovernance.
The meeting will come a day after the EC rejected a plea of sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dinkaran to grant 15 days additional time to submit affidavits in the party symbol dispute case.
Sasikala and Dinakaran were ousted from the party after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam merged their factions last month to reach a power-sharing agreement.
A team of Tamil Nadu police had visited the resort to question AIADMK MLA Palaniyappan with regard to a crime, he said. Police however are awaiting a plea from the resort owner asking for security, as only then can it be done, Prasad said.
Speaking to the media in Madurai, Dinakaran repeated that his target was not the government but Chief Minister Palaniswami.
On September 7, Jakkaiyan, who was among the 21 MLAs backing Dhinakaran, pledged support to the Palaniswami camp. Dhinkaran had dubbed it as a result of “intimidation and lure” tactics of the ruling camp.
On a day of fast-paced developments, Dhinakaran’s loyalist MLA S K T Jakkaiyan switched to the Palaniswami camp which was dubbed by the deputy chief as being due to the “intimidation and lure” of the ruling camp.
Clarifying that some 19 MLAs supporting him were staying at a resort in Puducherry not out of fear but to teach a lesson to those who dared announce the plan to remove party chief V K Sasikala, Dinakaran said he was waging a war.
Seeking to reclaim his authority after the Palaniswami camp adopted a resolution on August 10 declaring Dhinakaran’s appointment as the party’s deputy general secretary as illegal, he held an impressive rally at Melur.
The rally comes at a time when the two factions, led by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, seem set to seal a merger deal by ousting Sasikala and her family from the party.
Dinakaran is planning a massive rally at Melur, near Madurai, on August 14, and the turnout is expected to reveal the real strength of Sasikala faction amid latest reports indicating that hardly 10 or 12 MLAs are loyal to Dinakaran now.
Challenging the decision by Sasikala to appoint her nephew Dinakaran to the post in February, hours before she was sent to a Bengaluru jail in a case of disproportionate assets, a resolution was signed by 27 office-bearers of the “EPS group”.