Dinakaran ousted from AIADMK Amma, he calls meeting of party MLAs
This it the second notice the 19 MLAs have got from the Speaker. Photograph: (Twitter)
AIADMK AMMA deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran has called a meeting of his party MLAs at 3 pm today.
Dinakaran is the nephew of the party's general secretary VK Sasikala, who is currently in jail after she was found guilty in a disproportionate assets case.
Dinakaran and Sasikala were ousted earlier from the party, with Tamil Nadu finance minister D Jayakumar saying they had been "delinked".
The demand for the duo's ouster had come from former chief minister O Panneerselvam, who had earlier been unseated from the chief ministership by Sasikala.
His faction of the party and the one headed by current chief minister E Palaniswamy had been discussing a merger of the two factions.
Both factions will talk to fulfil the aspirations of lakhs of party workers: O Panneerselvam pic.twitter.com/RFB8EYgeQi— ANI (@ANI_news) April 19, 2017
The EPS (E Palaniswamy) faction is reportedly keen on a merger with the OPS (Panneerselvam) faction.
This is reportedly because of the string of bad luck the EPS faction has been hit by.
The faction's (former) supremo VK Sasikala is in jail.
The Delhi Police has filed charges against her nephew Dinakaran, accusing him of trying to bribe an Election Commission (EC) official to hand over the party's former "two leaves" symbol to his faction.
The two leaves symbol is well recognised in Tamil Nadu, and both factions reportedly believe the party would do better if it fought under that banner rather than under the new symbols the EC has given the two factions.
The EPS faction has been given a hat as its symbol, the OPS faction an electric pole.
Some AIADMK MLAs have rallied around Dinakaran.
"Former chief minister O Panneerselvam, while going to Madurai, had said that he was ready for the merger without any conditions, which was acceptable to us. But when he imposed the condition today, we decided not to consider this. We will never accept this condition. Because it was TTV Dinakaran, who gave a new direction to the AIADMK," ANI reported party AIADMK Amma Nanjil Sampath saying.
He hinted that more MLAs would join the Dinakaran camp, with ANI quoting him as saying, "In the coming two days, the AIADMK will emerge strongly under the leadership of Dinakaran. All party cadres, members and support Dinakaran. All the splitters would join Dinakaran."
His sentiments were echoed by AIADMK Amma MLA P Vetrivel, whom ANI quoted as saying that they would "never accept the decision".
Dinakaran was quoted as saying his ouster had come about because of "fear".
O Panneerselvam later said this -- the ouster of Sasikala and Dinakaran -- was his faction's first victory.