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Dinakaran dropped from AIADMK after alleged bribery case

20 Avril 2017

A committee will be formed soon to run the day-to-day affairs of the party, he said.

"I myself would have announced it (of keeping away from the party) if they had told me about their decision", he said referring to the last night's decision of senior ministers.

When J Jayalalithaa died as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, her party, the AIADMK, quickly promoted her live-in aide, VK Sasikala, as its chief.

O Panneerselvam later said this - the ouster of Sasikala and Dinakaran - was his faction's first victory.

"In addition, the Edappadi government should also send its recommendation to the Centre for a thorough CBI probe into the mysterious death of "Amma" (Jayalalithaa)", he said. "To put it directly, it is the desire of people and party workers that TTV Dhinakaran and his family should be sidelined", Jayakumar said.

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"The basic condition is that family members of Sasikala should not be in the party", former AIADMK MP and Panneerselvam confidant K.C. Palaniswamy told IANS.

Jayakumar's clarification came after he met with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan. "When they make such sudden announcement there must be some fear", he said, adding, the revolt was a decision made in a "hurry". "A series of raids by central agencies (at Health Minister Vijaybaskar's properties) and the case against Dinakaran forced them to come to us for shelter", he claimed. Dhinakaran has convened a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai today. According to NDTV, E Palanisamy could remain as the chief minister, whereas, Panneerselvam could be awarded the post of AIADMK general secretary. This is halfway towards the demand by OPS that they be expelled before the two AIADMK factions merge.

Sasikala family should be out of AIADMK for party unity: Former CM O. Pannerselvam! This after Jeyanandh Dhivakaran, son of Sasikala's brother Dhivakaran wrote on Facebook, "Except Sasikala no one else". "Our struggle was only to keep Sasikala's influence away from the AIADMK", he says, adding that he does not want to be the reason behind the split in the party.

Panneerselvam had been petitioning against Sasikala since her meteoric rise to the top of the AIADMK. But a speech he made in Thanjavur in January 2017 spoilt his chances. Both, Sasikala's Amma faction and its rival, the Panneerselvam camp, staked claim to the party's two-leaves symbol because it represented Jayalalithaa's powerful legacy.

Dinakaran dropped from AIADMK after alleged bribery case