Ministers Fear, Want To Keep Me Out Of AIADMK: Dinakaran

Frederick Owens
April 20, 2017

Dinakaran is the nephew of the party's general secretary VK Sasikala, who is now in jail after she was found guilty in a disproportionate assets case.

"There is no opposition to me in the party", Dinakaran said, breaking his silence since the influential section of Tamil Nadu ministers revolted against him last night and made a decision to keep general secretary Sasikala Natarajan and him out of the party.

Dinakaran said he would not take any hasty decision and added that he would not act in any way that could harm the party and the government.

Amid moves to sideline him, Mr Dinakaran rushed back from Bengaluru without meeting his aunt as he had intended and called a meeting of legislators at the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai.

Dinakaran and Sasikala were ousted earlier from the party, with Tamil Nadu finance minister D Jayakumar saying they had been "delinked".

While the Edappadi faction offered to merge with the OPS camp, Panneerselvam said that this would be possible only if Sasikala and Dinakaran were removed from the party.

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The AIADMK suffered a vertical split on February 7 when Panneerselvam alleged that he was forced by Sasikala to make way for her elevation as Chief Minister. The team reached the city on Tuesday evening and is likely to question Mr Dhinakaran on Wednesday with regard to the case registered following the arrest of middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.

Chennai, Apr 17 Several senior Tamil Nadu Ministers tonight went into a huddle here amid reports about coming together of rival AIADMK factions led by TTV Dhinakaran and O panneerselvam. "He had taken Rs 10 crore till now out of Rs 50-crore deal to avail two leaves election symbol", the officer said.

The rival O Panneerselvam camp is also meeting separately here to discuss the future course of action, sources in the faction said. Sasikala was elected the AIADMK General Secretary in December after Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa died.

Two members of the Panneerselvam camp should be inducted into the Cabinet and Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar, a staunch Sasikala loyalist who is under Income Tax investigation, should be dropped from the ministry. He said, "I don't want to fight with my own partymen, who are like my brothers".

Defence counsel Ashwini Kumar and M. Theepa also told court that police are not allowing them to meet him.

The Delhi Police has booked Dinakaran for allegedly attempting to bribe Election Commission officials through a middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar to get a favourable verdict in the party's two leaves symbol case. "I will face it legally", he said. "The rule of Amma (Jayalalithaa) should continue and two-leaves symbol (of AIADMK) should be retrieved", he said.

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