EPS faction says, appointment of Dhinakaran violates party rules

Katrina Barker
August 11, 2017

This is the first time that the chief minister has made a categorical assertion about the status of Dinakaran's appointment by his aunt Sasikala on February 14 just ahead of her incarceration.

The OPS camp has demanded for Sasikala's expulsion from the party and has also asked for the chief's position and CM chair for O Panneerselvam.

His remark came after the leader of the Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction led by O. Panneerselvam said it had had not heard from the former on the merger talks. The decision to prove his superiority has definitely not gone down well with the Edappadi Palanisamy camp. Officials in the faction said the immediate reason for Thursday's statement was Dinakaran's functioning over the last two weeks. The meeting also said though Sasikala was made general secretary fol- lowing the death of party supremo Jayalalithaa in December past year, she could not function in the post in "view of extraordinary circumstances".

Sources said it also means that after the merger, O Panneerselvam will not be the general secretary of the party, but will only lead a committee that would run the party and coordinate with the government.

"During the RK Nagar byelection, the Election Commission recognised two factions of the AIADMK and ours was named as the AIADMK (Amma)". O Panneerselvan is also scheduled to visit Delhi on Friday.

The AIADMK had 134 MLAs in the 232-member Assembly. The party now needs 117 legislators to stay in power.

He had been expelled by former general secretary J Jayalalithaa in December 2011.

The AIADMK's factional merger will see it returning to the NDA and get representation at the Centre, something that South's political parties have not seen since 2013 when the DMK had pulled out of the Congress-led UPA.

The factions have been facing pressure to merge from the ruling BJP in New Delhi. Once the symbol, which was suspended after the party split, comes back to the party, Dinakaran will have no basis to continue his resistance. Dinakaran was the party candidate in the bypoll necessitated by the death of Jayalalithaa.

The two leaders will be in the national capital on Thursday to attend M Venkaiah Naidu's swearing-in ceremony as the Vice President.

Though there are few elements in the party who support Dhinakaran, soon they will be "disciplined", party insiders said. "No one can confuse cadres... they are clear", he said adding that the people too were closely following.

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