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TN: Both AIADMK factions to merge after OPS, EPS meet with PM

11 August 2017
TN: Both AIADMK factions to merge after OPS, EPS meet with PM

Chennai: In a categorical move aimed at bringing together two warring factions within AIADMK, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his supporters on Thursday passed a resolution nullifying the appointment of T T V Dhinakaran as deputy general secretary of the party, saying it "violated" the party bylaws. A meeting presided over by Palaniswami (in picture) said Dhinakaran's appointment was against party rules. Here, however, the BJP is expecting a fast marriage of the two factions of the ruling AIADMK which has seen a rift following the death of J Jayalalithaa, the supremo of the party and the state's then chief minister, in December a year ago.

Swamy further said that the merger is not possible with an individual as former chief minister Panneerselvam is only a person, and not a party. The merger talks were fast-tracked as Dinakaran tried to assert his position with a series of appointments. The merger will also add two of Panneerselvam's followers into the council of ministers of Tamil Nadu.

The decision was taken ahead of Palanisamy's visit to New Delhi on Friday where he will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Panneerselvam wants Sasikala to be permanently removed out from AIADMK which is the only big demand he has before Palaniswamy. He also announced new office-bearers. But he was appointed as deputy general secretary. A merger with two various factions of AIADMK, if finally approved, will further sideline the ruling party's jailed general secretary VK Sasikala and her "Mannargudi Mafia".

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".

The developments that followed has now led to a third faction led by TTV Dinakaran, deputy general secretary and Sasikala's nephew. He stepped out of AIADMK with some of the MLAs and promised that he would not joint hands with any other party will die as the best disciple for Amma (Jayalalithaa).

In the Dinakaran camp, the suspicion now is that the BJP has increased pressure on the two factions to merge quickly. "He can not hold any party post since he was not a party member for a continuous five years", said the resolution. Dinakaran was the party candidate in the bypoll necessitated by the death of Jayalalithaa. Another significant aspect of the resolution signed by 27 office bearers, including Palaniswami, is that it did not use the honorific of "Chinamma" to refer Sasikala, as was the practice in the past.