Friday, 20 October, 2017

TTV Dinakaran is 420: Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswamy

Mergers Of AIADMK Factions A Few Steps Away TN CM Edappadi Palanisamy sacks TTV Dinakaran from AIADMK
Christy Curtis | 12 August, 2017, 00:10

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid growing speculation over the merger of the two factions of the AIADMK in the state.

But negotiations appear to be stuck at the Panneerselvam demand of sacking Sasikala from the party and government.

PTI reports that Dhinakaran today warned of "surgical action" against EPS, and rubbished the party statements questioning his appointment as AIADMK deputy general secretary.

The DMK has repeatedly criticised the merger talks and said they were being fanned by the BJP, which wants to expand its footprint in the large southern state where it is a fringe player.

Interestingly, neither faction is ready for a fresh poll when four more years are left before the next assembly polls. This led to two factions in the AIADMK as many Sasikala loyalists also turned rebel and joined OPS.

A merger may facilitate both the sides to reach an agreement to aproach the EC afresh for defreezing the symbol. Mr Palaniswami was also expected to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on the NEET issue.

Palanisami is unwilling to give up the CM's post.

According to sources, OPS is not ready for Deputy Chief Minister's post. The resolution affirmed that Dhinakaran was expelled by Jayalalithaa from the primary membership and the expulsion was not revoked in her lifetime. To protect itself, the EPS fraction publicly distanced itself from Sasikala and Dinakaran, and some prominent leaders even said that both had nothing to do with the party. Sasikala was not just an aide to Jaya, but the mover and shaker within the party and the government.

The invalidation of Dinakaran's elevation is being seen as a signal to the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) faction led by deposed chief minister O Panneerselvam for a merger.

The Palaniswami government which won a trust vote in February has a wafer-thin majority of six MLAs.

But if Palanisami and OPS patch up, they should be able to stave off the threat posed by Dhinakaran. Ministers responded by describing him as "a third-rate actor" and threatening tax audits and legal cases. A meeting presided over by Palaniswami said the appointment of Dinakaran as deputy general secretary was against party rules.

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