AIADMK factions merge in Tamil Nadu: 20 MLAs behind him, TTV Dinakaran to first target CM, meet Governor

Dinakaran has not yet responded to the merger. In a tweet addressed to reporters, he said: “As I have sore throat and fever, doctor has advised me rest. Will meet you all on August 23rd.”

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: August 22, 2017 6:44 am
AIADMK, O Panneerselvam, V K Sasikala, Edapaddi K Palaniswami, AIADMK merger, TTV Dinakaran, OPS EPS, India news, Indian Express In the 233-member Tamil Nadu House, Dinakaran has the support of at least 20 MLAs, a number that can endanger the majority the ruling party has in the Assembly.

On the day the two AIADMK factions led by E K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam buried the hatchet and moved to oust party general secretary V K Sasikala, her loyalists, led by nephew and deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran, had only one refrain: “Party is first”.

In the 233-member Tamil Nadu House, Dinakaran has the support of at least 20 MLAs, a number that can endanger the majority the ruling party has in the Assembly. Three Independents who were with him seemed to have switched sides.

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Leaders backing Dinakaran and Sasikala’s brother Dhiwakaran said they cannot promise the stability of the Tamil Nadu government in the wake of the decision to move against Sasikala. These leaders indicated that their first target would be Palaniswami, and not the government. He will be asked to prove that he has the backing of all party MLAs. Should he fail, they will insist on another leader who has their backing as well.

Dinakaran has not yet responded to the merger. In a tweet addressed to reporters, he said: “As I have sore throat and fever, doctor has advised me rest. Will meet you all on August 23rd.”

Of the 20 MLAs with Dinakaran, 18 claimed he had the support of 25 MLAs, that Palaniswami and Panneerselvam did not have the powers to call a meeting of the party general council or remove Sasikala from her post.

These MLAs said Dinakaran will meet Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at 10 am Tuesday. His camp will submit a memorandum stating that the MLAs who elected Palaniswami six months ago have lost trust in him. They will demand his removal.

The Opposition DMK has so far remained silent. Its working president M K Stalin, who had earlier said he would move a no-confidence motion if required, did not discuss immediate plans during a brief interaction with reporters Monday.

Stalin said the AIADMK merger was scripted by the BJP ruling the Centre. “Delhi had prepared the storyline, both OPS and EPS have acted in it,” he said.

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  1. Selvaraj Karuppiah
    Aug 22, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Both EPs and OPS know pretty well that AIADMK cannot stage a comeback if next general election comes....without the Almighty JJ. so they want to amass as much as possible in the remaining period by forging a farce union
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      R s
      Aug 22, 2017 at 10:41 am
      TN people are dead against mannargudi family. BJP is actually doing a great service by throwing them out of ADMK. people who oppose BJP in his regard are insane.
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        vvvvv
        Aug 22, 2017 at 10:31 am
        BJP Started playing fire in India by hook or crook. This party is not going to come back in 2019... More danger than any other party of Indian political history.... Already cheap political game playing first they bought to Nitish Kumar for 14 Crores and again in Gujrat for Rajaya sabah election for Ahmed patel also same bought each MLA for 14 Crores and now playing chiep game in Tamil Naidu. Amit shah got boiled and now he is thinking BJP is the property of Him and Modi .. Jai Hind
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          R s
          Aug 22, 2017 at 10:49 am
          so you are ok with manaargudi mafia or dmk mafia looting the state. You are in dream land BJP will come back in 2019 with much larger mandate. people like you who are supporting congress the most corrupt party in the world are disgrace to the nation . Nitish came to support BJP because he does not want to run govt with corrupt laalu and we know to what level congrees went to make Ahmed Patel win and people also know the amount of money and silver ornaments recovered from Karnataka Congress minister sivakumar house.
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          TIHAEwale
          Aug 22, 2017 at 10:26 am
          Rajbhawan will not go by TTV claims. during or before confidence vote majority of AmitDMK has to vote out Edupidi (mundu) then TTV can have his say but presently the corrupt cannot go against wishes of Tadipaar Amit ( did we not see recently how he made unsuccessful attempt to hurt AP)
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