Stage being set in AIADMK for merger of both factions in Tamil Nadu

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”.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: August 11, 2017 8:15 am
AIADMK, AIADMk merger, Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu politics,T T V Dinakaran , Sasikala, Tamil Nadu CM, Palaniswamy, From left, Tamil Nadu CM E K Palaniswami, VK Sasikala, O pannerselvam and TTV Dinakaran. (File photo)

Setting the stage for a possible merger of the two AIADMK factions, and the isolation of V K Sasikala’s family, the ruling group in Tamil Nadu led by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami Thursday said the appointment of T T V Dinakaran as the party’s deputy general secretary was “not acceptable”.

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”.

The move is being seen as a signal to the rebel group led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, which had specified Dinakaran’s ouster as one of its main conditions for a merger.

Thursday’s resolution also stated that Dinakaran cannot hold any position in the party, according to its bylaws, since he had failed to maintain his primary membership for five years following his ouster by J Jayalalithaa, the party leader who died in December 2016.

Responding to the resolution, Dinakaran said, “Nobody can prevent me from discharging my duties. As party general secretary, Sasikala has all the powers to appoint or remove people from the party… The resolution was passed to prevent me from going on a statewide tour (from August 14). The ministers are afraid of it.”

Last week, Dinakaran returned to active politics and announced his decision to “strengthen” AIADMK by making 41 party appointments as deputy general secretary. The move came two months after he got bail in a case in which he was charged of trying to bribe Election Commission officials for the ownership of AIADMK’s “two-leaves” symbol in a bypoll necessitated by the death of Jayalalithaa.

On Thursday, Palaniswami cancelled the 41 appointments made by Dinakaran. The EPS group’s resolution did not, however, take any action against Sasikala, stating that her appointment was an “interim arrangement” made at a crucial juncture after Jayalalithaa’s death. Referring indirectly to her jail term, it said Sasikala could not function as general secretary due to “unfortunate” reasons.

Removing Sasikala and her family members from the party, and ordering a probe into Jayalalithaa’s death were the two key demands raised by the “OPS group”, which broke away to form a separate outfit, AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma), in February.

“Without meeting the demands, there is no possibility for a merger,” said K P Munusamy, former minister and a leader in the OPS outfit.

Dinakaran’s camp, meanwhile, described the move by the Chief Minister’s group as “betrayal”. They also accused the ruling faction of playing into the hands of the BJP at the Centre.

Amid speculation that the BJP was “forcing” the merger to take control of the state government, Dinakaran aide and party organising secretary Nanjil Sampath said, “The resolution against Dinakaran was passed to please the Centre… If there is a crisis, he will choose the party first, not the government.”

Ministers Dindigul C Sreenivasan and K A Sengottaiyan were among those who did not sign the resolution.

In the evening, Palaniswami and Panneerselvam left for Delhi where they are expected to meet top BJP leaders besides attending other official functions.

If Dinakaran were to mobilise support — 37 MLAs were said to be backing him — it would endanger the Palaniswami government.

The Opposition DMK is watching the developments closely and may demand a special Assembly session to move a no-confidence motion or, as party sources said, may take some “extraordinary” decision to prove that the government has no majority.

“We will come to a decision after August 20 (six months since the last floor test on February 22). We will take extraordinary steps, unlike last time, to make sure that the state has a functioning government,” a DMK source said.

DMK leader M Subramaniam, a close aide of M K Stalin, told The Indian Express that the party did not want to topple this government. “But how long will they survive? This is not a stable government. Right now, the party has no plans to move a no-confidence motion. But the government is already dead, we are sure they will fully perish soon,” he said.

“If EPS revolts against Dinakaran one more time, then the government will fall,” said an MLA who met Dinakaran. “Today’s resolution did not even use the word expulsion. They want to convince BJP that they have taken some action against Dinakaran. Anyway, this is not going to help the party or the government,” the MLA said.

“Officially, EPS has 123 MLAs, just five more than the minimum number 118. But 37 support Dinakaran. Even if OPS and EPS camps merge, Palaniswami gets only 10 more MLAs,” the MLA said.

BJP national secretary H Raja said he did not wish to comment on claims that his party was trying to stabilise the situation. “All I can tell you is that we will do all that we can to end family politics (referring to Sasikala), which is detrimental to Tamil Nadu or any state,” he said.

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    Lavz
    Aug 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm
    Choose a person who is eligible to rule the state by understanding the difficulties faced by people and not creating politics with our problems faced..... Let's develop together.... Choose correct leaders....Think before you do....
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      Lavz
      Aug 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm
      What do we do? We always elect people who never walk on road and complain roads are bad. We always elect person who do corruption and complain we have no fund for development such as transport or water. We always elect big family people who will save money for their g sons and g daughters and ask for subsidy. We always elect stars who act for money and whose real life is full dramas of marriage and diverse. A person who cannot live properly with one wife and family, what will they adjust for the state or nation? We always elect politcians offsprings. What do they know about politics and states problem. They also live in their parent's shade. We complain that the neighbouring states for not giving water.If water is available we don't store it properly by constructing dams. We leave our opportunity and beg our neighbours to support.... We choose wrong leaders and blame them for not doing their duties correctly.
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        Lavz
        Aug 19, 2017 at 2:32 pm
        INDIA'S FATE? Who can become leaders for state today? 1. A rich business person- who doesn't have idea about poverty. 2. An actor or a celebrity- who can only act as done in big screens 3. A politician's son - only in this field compassionate ground appliction still available. 4. A Gunda or a wanted criminal- who can dictate and threatened people if they are against him. All these people have lots of work than to concentrate on us and meet us.... Then how will this state be grow and develope? 1. If you elect and educated leader - he will give importance to eduction. 2. If you elect a poor or coomon man - he may now the actual problems faced. 3. A indvidual or a small family person- he may not do corruption and divide among his family. 4 Jobless youngester who are willing to develope our country and state.Atleast they will be passionate to the country and think for others growth. What do we do?
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          Ram
          Aug 13, 2017 at 10:46 am
          Time for BJP to arrange a Rajni led nationalist government which will be suppoeted by majority of MLAs from ADMK and even congress. The regressive caste/language based politics of dravidian parties should be burried and that will happen when the cunning one eyed jack and his family of looters, brothers in arm of Lallu-RJD are sent to jail for all their crimes/corruption.
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            Sankaran Krishnan
            Aug 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm
            Anyway it is good and once the battle starts definitely one side will be the winner and let the winner decides what they wanted to do Is their choice. But another election at this point of time is mere waste of tax payers money and in that aspect Ruling Party MLAs will unite and save the Govt. for their own sake so that they can make money which is for the last time in their political career.
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              Murugesa Pandian
              Aug 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm
              BJP might think it has strategy to their footprint [by helping in faction merger or threatening the TTV Dinakaran faction ] in Tamil Nadu. But its not as their wishes, DMK, Kamalhassan and Seeman will give the tough time to this national party.
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                Selvan
                Aug 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm
                Never allow the communal party BJP to enter into TN Politics. BJP is anti Dravidian. Pro Aryan. They have nothing to do with South India. Modi and BJP please get away form TN territory
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                  vinita
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