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Sasikala reinducts two family members sacked by Jayalalithaa; Dinakaran appointed AIADMK deputy Gen Secy

Dinakaran and Venkatesh, besides Sasikala and her husband M Natarajan were expelled from AIADMK in 2011 by late chief minister Jayalalithaa.

By: PTI | Chennai | Updated: February 16, 2017 12:20:49 pm
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AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala on Wednesday reinducted her close relatives TTV Dinkaran and S Venkatesh into the party, five years after their expulsion by J Jayalalithaa. In a significant move a day after her conviction in a graft case, Sasikala announced that Dinakaran, her nephew and a former Rajya Sabha member, was being appointed as the party’s Deputy General Secretary and urged the cadres to extend their cooperation to him.

The two were being reinducted following their ‘apology’ issued to her in person and through letter, Sasikala said.

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“Dinakaran and Venkatesh are allowed to join the party after they expressed regret for their acts in person and through letter and requested that they be allowed to join the party (again),” she said in a statement

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Dinakaran and Venkatesh, besides Sasikala and her husband M Natarajan were expelled from AIADMK in 2011 by late chief minister Jayalalithaa amidst reports then that they interfered in party and government administration.

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Although she withdrew the “disciplinary action” against her close aide, after Sasikala expressed regret, Jayalalithaa had however said that the others’ expulsion would continue.

On Tuesday, Sasikala was convicted in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case, with the Supreme Court upholding a lower court verdict sentencing her to four years’ prison term along with two of her relatives.

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Dinakaran was part of the 12-member AIADMK team led by its newly elected Legislature party leader Edappadi K Palaniswami which met the state Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and staked claim to form government.

Sasikala had on Tuesday sacked rebel leaders including Chief Minister O Panneerselvam from the party, but they have questioned her right to do so, contending that she does not have powers to appoint and remove anyone.

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