Sasikala, Dinakaran ousted as AIADMK factions bury hatchet

AIADMK sources told The Indian Express that the decision to “keep out” Sasikala and Dinakaran was taken during a meeting held at the residence of Chief Minister E K Palaniswam

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: April 19, 2017 8:28 am
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The political turmoil in Tamil Nadu following the death of J Jayalalithaa in December took a decisive turn Tuesday, with the ruling AIADMK faction deciding to “delink” its jailed general secretary V K Sasikala and her nephew T T V Dinakaran from all party affairs, paving the way for a merger with the rebel group headed by O Panneerselvam. The late-night development has come as a severe blow to Sasikala and her family, which has been holding the reins of the ruling faction after ousting Panneerselvam from the chief minister’s chair in February. Dinakaran is the party’s deputy general secretary.

AIADMK sources told The Indian Express that the decision to “keep out” Sasikala and Dinakaran was taken during a meeting held at the residence of Chief Minister E K Palaniswami, and attended by 12 ministers, six MLAs and two MPs. Finance Minister D Jayakumar, who attended the meeting, said, “Sasikala’s family will be delinked from the party’s affairs. More than 1.5 crore AIADMK cadres wish that the family of Dinakaran should be kept out.” Sources said that a majority of leaders in the ruling faction, including ministers and MLAs, have supported the decision to keep Sasikala and her family “out of power in the party”.

Panneerselvam, who reached Chennai from Madurai late in the evening, refused to talk to reporters at the airport. But sources in his camp confirmed that the latest move by the official faction “has opened the doors for talks on the merger”. Sources said that Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker, M Thambidurai, a key member of the official faction, reached Delhi Tuesday and held talks with BJP leaders.

Earlier in the day, negotiations between the two factions had stalled after night-long discussions when the rebel group hardened its position and demanded the ouster of Sasikala and Dinakaran from the party. The first signs of a merger had emerged Monday after Dinakaran was booked by Delhi Police for allegedly trying to bribe Election Commission officials through a middleman to obtain the party’s two-leaves poll symbol, which was frozen by the EC following claims from both sides.

At the time, the indication was that the rebel camp would agree to a merger if Dinakaran was ousted, and Panneerselvam given a prominent cabinet berth and a senior party post. A state minister told The Indian Express that the Panneerselvam camp agreed to the deal presented on Monday night but changed its mind according to “directions from their bosses” in Delhi.

“MP V Maithreyan, the hardliner in the rebel camp who was earlier with the BJP, forced Panneerselvam to take a tough line against the Sasikala family. Maithreyan is in touch with two senior Union ministers and is acting up on their directions,” alleged the minister. Maithreyan, however, denied the allegations. “That is not true. I am not a hardliner. Panneerselvam had been demanding the ouster of Sasikala’s family from the party. Also, we want Jayalalithaa’s death to be probed,” he said.

Maithreyan claimed that the Sasikala faction was “forced” to discuss a merger due to the FIR registered against Dinakaran. “A series of raids by central agencies (at Health Minister Vijaybaskar’s properties) and the case against Dinakaran forced them to come to us for shelter,” he claimed. “Their theory that the BJP is behind us is not true. If the symbol was their concern, they should have discussed the merger when the EC decided to freeze it. Now they have come to us for shelter after a minister was raided and Dinakaran was booked by police,” claimed Maithreyan.

Sources in both camps said removing Sasikala from the post of general secretary will pave the way for Panneerselvam to occupy the seat. “Those who are controlling him want a convenient leader like Panneerselvam at the top of AIADMK in Tamil Nadu,” said a senior leader. Another leader warned that dumping the Sasikala family for a merger will temporarily resolve the problem but lead to a crisis in the party over the next six months.

“The merger plan will trigger infighting for power, based on seniority and caste equations. The Panneerselvam faction is demanding a minimum of six ministerial posts,” claimed a leader. As for the negotiations overnight, around 20 ministers gathered at Power Minister P Thangamani’s residence to discuss “whether only Dinakaran or Sasikala, too, should step down from the party leadership”. Another meeting, at Housing Minister Udumalai K Radhakrishnan’s house, was attended by only six ministers, all loyalists of Sasikala. “They were against the demand to remove Dinakaran from the party post,” said sources.

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Apr 19, 2017 at 4:49 pm
    Yes the entire gang of Mannargudi Mafia must be thrown out from the Party and from the Primary membership of the AIADMK Party for their lifetime and those whoever had any tie-up with the sacked Party members will be given the same fate and ensure they are not at all abuse any authority to any of the ML:As and Ministers . As far as Formation of Ministry is concerned the same as was done earlier when Jaya was alive must be maintained with no new additions or deletions and for the Party Post of Secretary let the General Council meet and elect an unanimous leader whom they prefer that he/she will carry forward both Party and Govt. in tandem can be elected and to complete the present regime and let us see how they perform during 2019 LS which will decide the fate of the Party and that of the Govt. in TN !!!
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      vijay karthik
      Apr 19, 2017 at 9:37 am
      The new story gives shock to bjp who thinks they can make in roads to tamilnadu..PLEASE MIND THIS.....THE ONLY REGION IN INDIA WHICH SUCCESSFULLY AVOIDED THE CAPTURE AND RULE OF MANY DYNASTY LIKE MAURYA , MUGHALS ETC IS TAMILNADU.....NO ONE CAN CAPTURE TAMILNADU AND ONLY TAMIL PEOPLE WILL RULE TAMILNADU....WE AS THE TAMIL PEOPLE WILL NEVER ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE TO RULE US.......WE WILL ALSO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY IN THE NEAR FUTURE AS WELL.... TAMIL LANGUAGE IS ONE OF THE FIVE LANGUAGES IN THE WORLD WHICH IS THE OLDEST IN THE HUMAN HISTORY AND ALSO OLDER THAN ANY OTHER USELESS LANGUAGES IN INDIA LIKE HINDI...... INDIA , WE HAVE NO NATIONAL LANGUAGE...MAHATMA HI SAID TAMIL SHOULD BE THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE OF INDIA...IF BJP TRIES TO ANNOUNCE HINDI AS THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE , THEN THIS TIME INDIA WILL BE DISSOLVED.....MIND THIS BJP AND MOTHER ING RSS...
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        RAM KARAD
        Apr 19, 2017 at 10:14 am
        patience please !!! we all are your well wishers... take care of yourself. We have seen how all have surrendered to THE lady. And no one had guts to talk against her will... including all state people...except one cricketer. TODAY was possible only because of central rule of law was in place and applied as is. Long way to go...
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          AKG
          Apr 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm
          YOU ARE THE BIGGEST STUPID AND DISGRACE TO TAMILS. SHUT UP.
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            AKG
            Apr 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm
            YOU ARE THE BIGGEST STUPID AND DISGRACE TO TAMILS. SHUT UP.
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              APPAVOO S
              Apr 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm
              LEARN TO LIVE IN A DIVERSE NATION AS GREAT INDIA is,TOGETHER.THERE IS UNITY IN DIVERSITY.YOU WILL HAVE TO SEE HOW FOREIGNERS OCCUPIED INDIA AND LEFT DIVIDED,THIS HAS BEEN SO SINCE 1947(in a state of tension),HAVE YOU NOT LEARNT ANYTHING FROM HISTORY.HINDI IS A BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE AS IS TAMILBUT TAMILIANS ARE AS CORRUPT(test) AS WHAT WE READ FROM THE PRESS AND DEEDS BY THE NOW PARTY ACTIVITIES.SO YOUNG MAN RESPECT,TOLERANCE AND ECONOMIC AND EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT IS IMPORTANT,FOR THIS FILLS YOUR STOMACH,FAMILY AND MIND.DON'T BE A WRECKER.Outside of India will you realise how beautiful INDIA not Indside.
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              vijay karthik
              Apr 19, 2017 at 9:37 am
              The new story gives shock to bjp who thinks they can make in roads to tamilnadu..PLEASE MIND THIS.....THE ONLY REGION IN INDIA WHICH SUCCESSFULLY AVOIDED THE CAPTURE AND RULE OF MANY DYNASTY LIKE MAURYA , MUGHALS ETC IS TAMILNADU.....NO ONE CAN CAPTURE TAMILNADU AND ONLY TAMIL PEOPLE WILL RULE TAMILNADU....WE AS THE TAMIL PEOPLE WILL NEVER ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE TO RULE US.......WE WILL ALSO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY IN THE NEAR FUTURE AS WELL.... TAMIL LANGUAGE IS ONE OF THE FIVE LANGUAGES IN THE WORLD WHICH IS THE OLDEST IN THE HUMAN HISTORY AND ALSO OLDER THAN ANY OTHER USELESS LANGUAGES IN INDIA LIKE HINDI...... INDIA , WE HAVE NO NATIONAL LANGUAGE...MAHATMA HI SAID TAMIL SHOULD BE THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE OF INDIA...IF BJP TRIES TO ANNOUNCE HINDI AS THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE , THEN THIS TIME INDIA WILL BE DISSOLVED.....MIND THIS BJP AND MOTHER ING RSS.........
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                vijay karthik
                Apr 19, 2017 at 9:36 am
                The new story gives shock to bjp who thinks they can make in roads to tamilnadu..PLEASE MIND THIS.....THE ONLY REGION IN INDIA WHICH SUCCESSFULLY AVOIDED THE CAPTURE AND RULE OF MANY DYNASTY LIKE MAURYA , MUGHALS ETC IS TAMILNADU.....NO ONE CAN CAPTURE TAMILNADU AND ONLY TAMIL PEOPLE WILL RULE TAMILNADU....WE AS THE TAMIL PEOPLE WILL NEVER ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE TO RULE US.......WE WILL ALSO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY IN THE NEAR FUTURE AS WELL.... TAMIL LANGUAGE IS ONE OF THE FIVE LANGUAGES IN THE WORLD WHICH IS THE OLDEST IN THE HUMAN HISTORY AND ALSO OLDER THAN ANY OTHER USELESS LANGUAGES IN INDIA LIKE HINDI...... INDIA , WE HAVE NO NATIONAL LANGUAGE...MAHATMA HI SAID TAMIL SHOULD BE THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE OF INDIA...IF BJP TRIES TO ANNOUNCE HINDI AS THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE , THEN THIS TIME INDIA WILL BE DISSOLVED.....MID THIS BJP AND MOTHER ING RSS...
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                  vijay karthik
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 9:36 am
                  The new story gives shock to bjp who thinks they can make in roads to tamilnadu..PLEASE MIND THIS.....THE ONLY REGION IN INDIA WHICH SUCCESSFULLY AVOIDED THE CAPTURE AND RULE OF MANY DYNASTY LIKE MAURYA , MUGHALS ETC IS TAMILNADU.....NO ONE CAN CAPTURE TAMILNADU AND ONLY TAMIL PEOPLE WILL RULE TAMILNADU....WE AS THE TAMIL PEOPLE WILL NEVER ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE TO RULE US.......WE WILL ALSO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY IN THE NEAR FUTURE AS WELL.... TAMIL LANGUAGE IS ONE OF THE FIVE LANGUAGES IN THE WORLD WHICH IS THE OLDEST IN THE HUMAN HISTORY AND ALSO OLDER THAN ANY OTHER USELESS LANGUAGES IN INDIA LIKE HINDI...... INDIA , WE HAVE NO NATIONAL LANGUAGE...MAHATMA HI SAID TAMIL SHOULD BE THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE OF INDIA...IF BJP TRIES TO ANNOUNCE HINDI AS THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE , THEN THIS TIME INDIA WILL BE DISSOLVED.....MIND THIS BJP AND MOTHER ING RSS...
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                    sundaram
                    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:35 am
                    Thambidurai, Palanisamy, jayakumar, etc are quite cunning and their statement of distancing the Mannargudi Mafia from Party is to be viewed with su ion only. It can be a ploy to obtain the cooperation of OPS group to get back the 'two leaf symbol' from EC and later on, go back to their original drama of falling at the feet of Mannargudi Mafia who is holding vast cache of illegally earned money to spend. Only a vigilant, watchful OPS faction taking hold of key positions in both Party and Govt can keep the mafia and its supporters under check.
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                      Mohan Bhandari
                      Apr 19, 2017 at 8:35 am
                      FOR second CULTURE read CUSTOMS.Error regretted.
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                        Mohan Bhandari
                        Apr 19, 2017 at 8:33 am
                        TO THE GREAT PEOPLE OF TAMILNADU. YOU ALL ARE KNOWN FOR YOUR SHARP INTELLECT, GLORIOUS CULTURE,CULTURE & TRADITIONS.PLEASE STEER THE STATE ON CORRECT LINES WITH HONESTY OF PURPOSE.
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                          Shakeel
                          Apr 19, 2017 at 8:24 am
                          I think there is a conspiracy of central government to destabilise the unity of Dravidian people and south Indians coz unity left only in the state of tamilnadu
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                            Rahul
                            Apr 19, 2017 at 9:48 am
                            And "Shakeel" is a very ancient traditional Dravidaian name, and that is why so much concern ;)
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                            Tanmoy Kar
                            Apr 19, 2017 at 7:25 am
                            AIADMK without Shashikala would be a better prospect for the party and the State as a w .
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                              suri
                              Apr 19, 2017 at 7:24 am
                              In telugu there is a saying:TOODHU DONGALU meaning gang of thieves.This aptly describes the dravidian parties of tamil nadu
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                                Sarathy
                                Apr 19, 2017 at 7:13 am
                                Another meeting, at Housing Minister Udumalai K Radhakrishnan’s house, was attended by only six ministers, all loyalists of Sasikala. “They were against the demand to remove Dinakaran from the party post,” said sources. Remove that dogs also from Party..
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                                  Anand Ch
                                  Apr 19, 2017 at 7:07 am
                                  They made a good start. Now they should unite and save TN from slipping into chaos. Let greed and ego not spoil the great achievement.
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                                    kuju
                                    Apr 19, 2017 at 6:41 am
                                    TN must get rid of Corrupt political parties and vote for development
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                                      Ace Maheswaran
                                      Apr 19, 2017 at 8:32 am
                                      Development as in BJP? Yeah right... we all know what develops when they are in power.
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