The ruling faction headed by CM Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam, it is learnt, is holding discussions with top ministers on plans to delay the floor test and stopping those rumoured to join the rival faction.
Soon after the media reported about the order, Arputhambal, Perarivalan’s mother Arputhambal told The Indian Express: “I won’t believe it until my Arivu comes out. I was promised this several times.”
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday called all senior ministers for an urgent meeting in Chennai Thursday.
A source close to Dinakaran said he has 19 party MLAs and three independent MLAs in his camp. Eight other MLAs, including four ministers, are expected to join him soon
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.”
AIADMK merger: The deal, reached after several rounds of negotiations with the blessings of the BJP, will lead to the formal ouster of V K Sasikala as the AIADMK general secretary — the close aide of Jayalalithaa is doing time in prison in a disproportionate assets case.
AIADMK merger: The two AIADMK factions are allegedly under pressure from the BJP to announce the merger before August 22, the day BJP chief Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Tamil Nadu. OPS is learnt to have taken the final decision to seal the deal at a meeting with his senior aides late on Friday night.
AIADMK merger: A senior leader in the OPS camp confirmed this deal, adding that at least 10 top-most leaders in his camp will be getting key posts, either in the government or the party, followed by the merger announcement expected on Monday.
Indicating that he would choose the party over the government, Dinakaran said that those in power were taking decisions for their own interests. “We will take a decision as per the wishes of cadres.
Except for a statement of its leader M K Stalin that they will move a no-confidence motion if required, the DMK is yet to make any political move to topple the government despite being a powerful opposition with 89 MLAs.
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.
If TTV Dinakaran fails to get at least 10 MLAs on stage with him, it could well spell an end for Sasikala's political future and that of her family.
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.
The CPI(M) headquarters in Kannur town, a two-storey, wooden-floored mansion, has no security guards or even a CCTV camera. You need a torch at night to find the mud path that leads to the RSS’s district office.
On Friday, the rival O Panneerselvam camp approached the Election Commission (EC), demanding that party general secretary V K Sasikala and her nephew and deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran’s posts be declared invalid.
RSS pracharak 30-year-old Manu Mohan told The Indian Express how he slipped into an old dyeing unit in Mayyil, a CPI(M) “party village” in Kannur, to attend a Raksha Bandhan ceremony. Within an hour, he said, the venue was surrounded by CPI(M) workers who allegedly beat up some of the 50 men gathered there and forced Mohan to flee.
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”.
Tardy investigation by police and long delays in the trial process, an investigation by The Indian Express has found, is marked by a range of irregularities.
The issue came up two months ago, at the peak of summer, when the villagers learnt that Panneerselvam’s family was digging a third well in the property, which lies on the banks of Varattaru river in Lakshmipuram village.
TTV Dinakaran was named the deputy general secretary of the AIADMK by his aunt Sasikala, who is currently lodged in a Bengaluru prison after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case.
Records show that of the 96 political killings recorded here since January 1995, 42 were victims affiliated to the BJP-RSS and 40 were from the CPI(M). Kannur accounts for just over half of the political killings linked to the rivalry between CPI(M) and BJP-RSS in Kerala since 2006 — 41 of 80.
In Kannur, Ground Zero of the political turf war in Kerala, The Indian Express tracks down the victims of killings over last three years
The special cell will receive complaints from the couple and the crime prevention cell at the police commissionerate will directly look at the cases. Couples can alert the special police cell about their issues either by appearing in person or over the phone (No 0452- 2346302).
The first round of the tour will cover nine districts where he is expected to address rallies. The AIADMK (Amma) faction, controlled by him, has also made 44 new appointments in the party, including 18 organising secretaries.
The controversy over the film started last week. Bharathi said it was not the film, but her intervention in the cause of a group of conservancy workers that prompted the protest.
On Wednesday, Dinakaran met Sasikala at Parappana Agrahara central prison in Bengaluru, and later said that he enquired about her health and discussed party affairs with her.
Marwin is the fourth member of the group to be killed since it reached Nangarhar province in Afghanistan in June 2016. Nangarhar is an IS stronghold where the terror outfit is fighting Afghan-US forces and some Taliban groups.
Speaking to the media later, Vijayan said both sides decided to ensure peace and condemned the attacks on offices of parties, affiliated organisations, and houses of party workers.
The court was hearing a petition filed by K Veeramani, a candidate who failed the Teachers Recruitment Board’s written test for the post of ‘BT Assistant’. Veeramani claimed that he had missed recruitment to the post by one mark due to “wrong” evaluation for a question on Vande Mataram.
Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners’ Federation president Abirami Ramanathan said they had no choice but to go on strike. He said they did not know of the double taxation until 5 pm on Friday, hours before the GST came into effect.
Besides allegedly continuing to enjoy a firm control over the party, its assets and key offices, the Sasikala faction also runs key party organs such as Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR daily, among others.
Performance review of solar boat launched six months ago prompts state to go for 10 more
Speaker P Dhanapal disallowed a discussion on issue when opposition leader M K Stalin started reading out his statement on an income tax (I-T) department letter asking the government to take action against Vijayabaskar and police officers for their involvement in corruption.
The Tamil Nadu police chief's circular warned “disgruntled elements” may step up their slanderous activities. “Please closely watch those who had come to adverse notice in this regard in your units and take appropriate measures to avert any unpleasant development,’’ it said
However, the statement was not aired in the party’s mouthpiece Jaya TV, which is under the control of the Sasikala faction led by T T V Dinakaran. Out of the 50 AIADMK MPs in both houses, only three are supporting Dinakaran.
“We will ask the CM to withdraw statements issued by the minister against Sasikala and Dinakaran. If he refuses, we plan to boycott Assembly sessions,” said one senior legislator