The K Palaniswami cabinet today revolted against AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran and decided to keep him and his family out of the party and the government.
In a late night meeting at the chief minister's residence, the AIADMK party which is in power in the southern state of Tamil Nadu took the dramatic step to oust Dhinakaran from the party.
"A panel will be formed for the day-to-day functioning of AIADMK," Tamil Nadu minister Jayakumar said after the meeting held at chief minister E K Palaniswami's residence.
"TTV Dhinakaran and his family will be kept away from AIADMK and the government," D Jayakumar added.
The move clearly indicates party chief Sasikala has been ousted by her own party colleagues even as she is serving out her jail term.
Dhinakaran, who was expelled from the AIADMK by Tamil Nadu deceased ex-CM Jayalalithaa, was reinducted by Sasikala and appointed the party's deputy general secretary just before she proceeded to Bengaluru to serve her jail term after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction and sentence in a disproportionate assets case in February.
"We have decided to de-link Dinakaran and his family from the party, a committee will run the party," Jayakumar declared.
The decision was "unanimous" and based on the views of all ministers, including the chief minister, MLAs, MPs, public, he insisted as the political turmoil in the southern Indian state continued unabated.
Reports said twenty AIADMK ministers backed the move along with 122 party MLAs.
Reports indicated the AIADMK (Amma) wanted its chief Sasikala, currently in jail, and her nephew, deputy general secretary Dinakaran to quit all party posts because of the various corruption charges against him.
Dinakaran faces arrest for bribing Election Commission officials to obtain the party’s "two leaves" symbol, currently frozen by the poll body.
Jayakumar, flanked by several ministers, said they were still prepared to hold talks with rebel leader Panneerselvam. Senior ministers including Dindigul C Srinivasan, S P Velumani, RB Udayakumar, Thangamani, C Ve Shanmugam Rajya Sabha MP V Vaithilingam were present.
The sudden announcement by Jayakumar came after efforts for the merger hit a hurdle with Panneerselvam insisting on his demand for the ouster of Sasikala, Dhinakaran and their family from the party and the government.
The death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa had triggered a long battle of succession in the party, with her close aide Sasikala hauled off to prison for graft just as she was on the verge of becoming chief minister of the southern state, it left the stage open for former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam along with others in the party to get back in the race to control the AIADMK.