To save or jettison Dhinakaran — AIADMK dilemma

by Garry Watts August 12, 2017, 0:05
To save or jettison Dhinakaran — AIADMK dilemma

Dhinakaran has faced a challenge from senior AIADMK leaders ever since he was was named deputy general secretary by his aunt Sasikala, who is now lodged in a Bengaluru prison after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case.

Modi's "friendly counsel" to Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palanisamy and rival AIADMK leader O Paneerselvam was said to have been made during their separate meetings with him in Delhi recently, a key AIADMK functionary said. Following this, Sasikala removed OPS as the Chief Minister and EPS took over. "It is clear by implication that the affidavits (in support of Sasikala and Dhinakaran) filed by them ( EPS camp) were false and in any case can not be considered by the commission", it said.

Tamil Nadu's main opposition party DMK said on Friday that it would move a no-confidence motion against the government as soon as rules allowed it amid mounting speculation of a merger between two warring factions of the ruling AIADMK.

Talking to media after a meeting led by OPS, Manoj Pandian, a senior member in the faction, said the group is sticking to its stand that all members of the Sasikala family should be expelled from the party and an investigation should be ordered into the circumstances leading to the demise of Jayalalithaa in hospital last December.

Using the IPC section 420 to label the Chief Minister a "cheat", the former Rajya Sabha MP stated, "Misuse of the AIADMK letterhead is forgery and cheating".

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The moment Sasikala took control of the party, it's popularity nosedived and never ever recovered.
On his return from Delhi, where he was jailed for the bribery case, he began to exercise his authority after a brief wait and made 44 appointments that included 18 new organizing secretaries. Dinakaran is the nephew of party chief VK Sasikala. More agitations, just as the one held by the party's yuva morcha recently, to ask for holding local polls and better quality of teachers in government schools are being planned.

Rejecting the resolution adopted against him, Dinakaran warned of "surgical action" against Palanisami and others if the situation warrants.

It's really hard to predict if EPS and his faction would be able to get rid of Sasikala and Dinakaran unless the EC declares null and void the former's election as the general secretary of AIADMK.

The merger will also end several months of political drama. "Anyway, this is not going to help the party or the government", the MLA said.

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