Delhi police issue lookout notice against AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

"What is this?" A meeting of the AIADMK (Amma) MLAs called for on Wednesday evening by Mr. Dhinakaran soon after the Ministers revolted against him was called off eventually.

Delhi police have filed bribery case against him.

Following this, Sukesh Chandrasekhar, Dhinakaran's alleged middleman, was arrested by police for striking a deal of Rs. 50 crore to help the AIADMK faction keep the "two leaves" poll symbol.

Meanwhile, senior ministers Dindugal Srinivasan and Sengottayan had arrived at Dinakaran's residence on Tuesday morning. "We wanted the doubts to be cleared on Jayalalithaa's death", he said reiterating that they began this dharma yudh with two conditions - a judicial probe into Amma's death and removing Sasikala's family.

The strife in the party resulted in the formation of two factions, one headed by O Panneerselvam retaining the old name AIADMK with the addition of Puratchi Thalaivi Amma as a suffix. But with this decision of Mannargudi family's seclusion brewing among ministers, reaction of TTV Dinakaran will play a pivotal role in AIADMK's future course.

The AIADMK was split on February 7, 2016, when Panneerselvam lashed out against AIADMK supremo VK Sasikala, accusing her of usurping power against the will of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

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"The basic condition is that family members of Sasikala should not be in the party", former AIADMK MP and Panneerselvam confidant K.C. Palaniswamy told IANS.

The tax raids on Health Minister Vijayabhaskar threw up evidence that Dinakaran planned to spend Rs 89 crore to secure his win and this led to the cancellation of the election itself. The family might remain in the party even after Dhinakaran has left, with Sasikala's husband and other nephews joining the party later, he added. When those ministers who vehemently supported Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran are now vociferously speaking against them, plainly signify that the political drama is being scripted elsewhere. Along with Sasikala her nephew and AIADMK's deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran was also suspended from the party.

Sasikala then installed E. Palaniswami as Chief Minister.

Following Jayalalithaa's demise in December past year, Dhivakaran was initially seen as someone who would be part of government and assist Sasikala.

He also said as everybody made a decision to keep him out of the party affairs, he has chose to stay out.

The talks for a merger gained ground after an FIR was registered against Dinakaran for bribing the Election Commission officials for staking claim of the "Two Leaves" party symbol.

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