AIADMK merger: O Panneerselvam faction hardens stance, asks rivals to expel Sasikala, Dhinakaran first

He also wanted the state government to recommend a CBI probe to go into the circumstances that led to Jayalalithaa's death in December last year.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: April 20, 2017 9:40 pm
AIADMK, AIADMK merger, AIADMK merger talks, Panneerselvam AIADMK, OPS faction, EPS, EPS AIADMK, Sasikala AIADMK, India news, Indian Express Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (PTI File Photo)

The talks for merger between the two factions in AIADMK hit a roadblock on Thursday with Panneerselvam camp putting conditions, including sacking of AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and T T V Dhinakaran besides about 30 other members of their family from the party and a CBI probe into the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s death.

Hardening his stand, Panneerselvam also asked for withdrawal of affidavits submitted to the Election Commission declaring Sasikala and Dhinakaran as party general secretary and deputy general secretary, respectively. K P Munusamy, a top leader of Panneerselvam camp, said only if such conditions are met, can there be a scope for talks to pave the way for merger.

Munusamy suspected “foul play” even in the Palaniswamy camp’s decision of April 18 to remove Sasikala and Dhinakaran, a key demand of Panneerselvam. “Only your (Palaniswami camp) conscience knows how you did that… Only you (Palaniswami camp) know the reason, (for sidelining Dhinakaran.) We are getting information that since he (Dhinakaran) was entangled in several cases, in order to free him, Sasikala’s family has used them (Palaniswami camp),” he claimed.

Stating that only under such circumstances Dhinakaran has been kept away, Munusamy said in keeping with AIADMK party practice, a party notification should be issued on Dhinakaran and Sasikala family’s expulsion. Cadres should be asked to have no truck with them, he said and added that only if this was done, they would regard it as a full victory.

In an indication that patch-up could be a herculean task, he said only Panneerselvam had the support of people and cadres and the rival camp was “afraid” that the majority of MLAs only favoured Panneerselvam for the Chief Minister’s post. He also dubbed Chief Minister Palaniswami as a nominee of jailed leader Sasikala.

AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam of the Palaniswami camp rejected Munusamy’s allegation on the events leading to Dhinakaran’s ouster. “There is no drama. We compelled him (Dhinakaran) to step aside and he did it happily,” Vaithilingam said.

Hitting out at senior leader M Thambidurai who had said Palaniswami would continue as Chief Minister, Munusamy said they had not demanded the posts of either the Chief Minister or the party general secretary. He alleged that the Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker was making such comments to stay relevant. He also hit out Finance Minister D Jayakumar for making “immature,” statements on the merger issue.

Responding to Munusamy, Vaithilingam said they had not put forth any conditions for talks,adding, they would “happily” sit for negotiations considering party’s welfare. “Respecting the sentiments of 1.5 crore party workers, to redeem the lost ‘Two Leaves’ party symbol and give good governance for the rest of four and a half years, we will take all (required) steps,” he said. He added that the Palaniswami camp had not set any pre-conditions for talks and that the camp was “happy to sit for discussions.” Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam said the party’s welfare must be the priority and not “someone’s personal whims and fancies.”

M Thambidurai calls on Tamil Nadu Governor

Meanwhile, senior AIADMK leader and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai today met Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao amidst hectic political developments in the state concerning the ruling party. Rajbhavan sources said that Thambidurai had sought an appointment with the Governor following which the meeting took place. The sources, however, did not divulge further details.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. J
    Apr 21, 2017 at 6:10 am
    AIADMK faction of Sasikala is enacting drama to fool people and crores of cadres to believe that Sasikala clan have been kept away from the party. Otherwise they would have expelled the mafia family from the party. Once they succeed in unifying the party they will show their true face and submit them selves to Sasikala family . So OPS faction should be careful
  2. M
    Mahender Goriganti
    Apr 21, 2017 at 1:59 am
    BJP should take this golden opportunity, upend all by fielding a really po r politician or actor scoop to make all (DMK & AIADMK etc ) irrelevant. It can be done in few months to a years.
  3. M
    Mahender Goriganti
    Apr 21, 2017 at 1:55 am
    BJP should take this opportunity to jump in with really po r figures (politician or actors like MGR NTR ) and can easily take over TN and make all irreverent
  4. N
    Apr 21, 2017 at 12:39 am
    Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran wont step aside ever.They gave letters to Jaya saying they wont get involved in AIADMK and are now full fledged involvment is for everybody to see is there.Pakka dupes.
  5. T
    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:23 pm
    Panner is a disgrace, he should be left alone so that he meets natural political demise, as none can forget he enacted drama of Jaya eating upma, drinking coffee and finally took thumb impression in nomination papers filed on behalf AIADMK candidates for repoll in karur andaravakurchi with full backing of motor mouth venkiah, tadipaar amit and Feku56.
  6. S
    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  7. S
    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm
    Merger drama, fooling the public,how long will this go on, president rule is the only solution for this scenario
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