AIADMK forms committee to talk on merger

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

Chandrasekar reportedly told police that he was Dinakaran's "middleman" and was asked to pay the money to the officials in exchange for the symbol. "A committee will be formed to run the party further". However, he skipped the court hearing citing the death of a relative.

On Wednesday night, the Delhi Police had served summons to him in the case.

Jayakumar said all 123 AIADMK lawmakers and party cadres were on the same page and discussed about the possibilities of retaining the "two leaves" symbol, which had been frozen by the Election Commission.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami has stressed for unity in taking the ruling AIADMK and its government forward, senior party leader K A Sengottaiyan said today, as informal meetings continued over a possible merger between the rival factions.

Panneerselvam also wants withdrawal of affidavits submitted to the Election Commission by the Palaniswami faction declaring Sasikala and Dhinakaran as party general secretary and deputy general secretary, respectively. Though Panneerselvam commanded the support of just about 12 of the party's 134 MLAs, there has been public anger among the AIADMK supporters who hold Sasikala responsible for Jayalalithaa's conviction in a disproportionate assets case.

Speaking to reporters here he said: "Due to some unknown fear, the ministers have taken the decision".

An influential section of Sasikala loyalists led by Palaniswami late last night made the dramatic announcement to keep away the General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary Dhinakaran from the party and affairs of government, saying people and party workers were against them. Maybe there was some dissatisfaction against me.

"I wonder what the apprehension is about".

Meanwhile, as reported by The News Minute earlier, speculation is also mounting over fissures with the Mannargudi family and whether the decision to sideline Dhinakaran was at the behest of Sasikala's brother Dhivakaran. He wondered why there was the question of his resignation when he had already "stepped aside".

The case pertained to an alleged attempt to bribe an Election Commission official by the AIADMK (Amma) leader for trying to get the party's poll symbol of "two leaves" in a by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.

When asked about Vetrivel questioning the decision of the Palaniswami camp to dump Sasikala and her family, Jayakumar said, "His view should be rejected, we can not accept it".

But VK Sasikala, Dinakaran's aunt and OPS's arch-rival, would continue to act as interim GS from the jail in Bengaluru where she is now serving term, after being indicted in the disproportionate assets case.

Jayakumar, flanked by several ministers, said still they were prepared to hold talks with Panneerselvam.

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