Setting the stage for a possible merger of the two AIADMK factions, and the isolation of V K Sasikala's family, the ruling group in Tamil Nadu led by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami Thursday said the appointment of T T V Dinakaran as the party's deputy general secretary was "not acceptable".
Dhinakaran has faced a challenge from senior AIADMK leaders ever since he was was named deputy general secretary by his aunt Sasikala, who is now lodged in a Bengaluru prison after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case.
Reminding EPS that it was his aunt and AIADMK (Amma) General Secretary VK Sasikala who made him Chief Minister, TTV went on to state that he had the power to take action against those who had joined hands with the betrayers (OPS faction). However, Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP's State unit president, said it [the party] was not exerting any pressure on both the factions to come together."It is an internal matter of another party", Dr.
Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and rival faction leader O Pannerselvam have met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to give final touches to their merger plan. The development comes close on the heels of Dhinkaran challenging the EPS camp to submit the resolution to the EC and charging them with forgery as it was printed on an AIADMK letterhead.
He had been expelled by former general secretary J Jayalalithaa in December 2011.
The AIADMK also said that Dinakaran was creating confusion by appointing several party office bearers. Dinakaran's removal and scrapping all appointments made by him appeared to smoothen the way for a merger.
Meanwhile, according to media reports, the two warring factions of the AIADMK are closing in on a merger. Dinakaran was the party candidate in the bypoll necessitated by the death of Jayalalithaa. The merger, being facilitated on Modi's wish, is expected to take shape formally after they return from New Delhi on Friday night or Saturday. Dinakaran had visited Sasikala in jail and seemed to have been resolved to taking control of the party.
Asked about the merger talks, he shot back at reporters saying "you will be informed first".
Panneerselvam said, "We are keenly watching the political situation".