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Home » News » VK Sasikala Isolated As AIADMK Camps Talk Merger, Say Sources: 10 Points
VK Sasikala Isolated As AIADMK Camps Talk Merger, Say Sources: 10 Points

VK Sasikala Isolated As AIADMK Camps Talk Merger, Say Sources: 10 Points

CHENNAI:  Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK Amma, in an initiative led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami, has set up a 10-member committee to hold re-merger talks with the party’s rival faction led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam, sources said on Tuesday morning. Most ministers and lawmakers are clear that party chief VK Sasikala and her deputy and nephew TTV Dinakaran must resign. Faced with the rebellion, Mr Dinakaran is returning to Chennai from Bengaluru without meeting his aunt Ms Sasikala in the jail where she is serving time for corruption.

Here are the 10 latest developments in this big story

  1. The unity talks are reportedly being built around a “compromise formula” that could see Mr Panneerselvam or OPS as he is called, appointed chief of a re-united AIADMK replacing Ms Sasikala, who was elevated soon after the death of AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
  2. Mr Palaniswami – who bested Mr Panneerselvam in a floor test earlier this year with most AIADMK legislators supporting him – will remain chief minister under the formula being discussed, sources said.
  3. Mr Palaniswamy was so far seen as Sasikala’s proxy after her attempt to become chief minister fizzled out with the Supreme Court sending her to prison in February. Hours before she had left Chennai she had also appointed Mr Dinakaran as deputy chief of the AIADMK to keep control of both party and government from jail.
  4. Ministers and AIADMK lawmakers have rebelled after multiple corruption charges against Mr Dinakaran, which they fear are hurting the party.
  5. With Mr Dinakaran out of Chennai, 25 ministers and lawmakers held an emergency meeting in Chennai on Monday night. “We welcome O Panneerselvam’s offer for talks,” said minister D Jayakumar after the meeting, stating that a merger with the rival faction would strengthen the AIADMK, which split earlier this year.
  6. The aim of the unity talks, the minister said, was to get back the party’s Two-Leaf symbol, frozen by the Election Commission after both camps claimed it. “We will keep the party together; 172 MLAs are together and all of them want to continue to make sure that the party stays together,” he said.
  7. Mr Dinakaran has been accused by the Delhi Police of wanting to bribe Election Commission officials to grant his faction the symbol. He has been charged with corruption and conspiracy, after the arrest from a five-star hotel in Delhi of a middleman named Sukesh Chandrasekar, who has alleged that Mr Dinakaran tasked him with bribing poll panel officials.
  8. Mr Dinakaran is also accused of trying to bribe voters in a by-election to Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar assembly constituency in Chennai. The election was cancelled by the Election Commission.
  9. Mr Dinakaran has denied all charges against him. He said on Monday that he does not know Sukesh Chandrasekar and alleged that efforts were being made to “destroy our organisation politically”.
  10. J Jayalalithaa had expelled TTV Dinakaran from the AIADMK in 2011 and did not take him back in the party as long as she was alive. Her closest companion VK Sasikala inducted him soon after her death in what has been described by Mr Panneerselvam as a “betrayal of Amma” or Jayalalithaa.

 

Source: NDTV

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