As EPS camp passes resolution, OPS counters with two 'crucial' demands

Marie Harrington
August 11, 2017

Signalling a step closer to the rebel faction led by Panneerselvam, the ruling faction of AIADMK headed Palaniswami on Thursday passed a resolution against party deputy general secretary and VK Sasikala's nephew, TTV Dhinakaran, by declaring recent party appointments he made last week null and void. A meeting chaired by Chief Minister Palaniswamy at the party headquarters in Royapettah made a decision to overrule the elevation of Sasikala's nephew as party deputy general secretary as null and void.

Citing it, a communique to the party cadres, said the meeting also asserted that such appointments being done by him "will not bind any AIADMK cadre to create unnecessary confusion in our party and such appointments are not valid under party law". A resolution adopted at a meeting convened at the party headquarters here said Dhinakaran was expelled by Jayalalithaa in December 2011 from the primary membership of the party.

Before her arrest, then chief minister Panneerselvam was locked in a power tussle with Sasikala sparking a political crisis on who will be late J Jayalalithaa's successor.

The BJP leadership has been keen on the merger of the two factions and has pressed both the groups to complete the merger talks as early as possible. Also, their political future has been hanging in balance after the Election Commisssion recognised their split but froze the "two leaf" poll symbol of the AIADMK following their competing claims.

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Palaniswamy and OPS are likely to meet and finalise the reunion on the weekend. The O. Panneerselvam faction is said to be closely following the developments.

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. For the first time in the history of the AIADMK, four MLAs refused to take up the posts - a move which is seen as a rebuff to Dinakaran. It is understood that the BJP was nudging both the factions to unite and even consider the prospects of joining the NDA formally. Former minister KP Munusamy said two central demands of the faction are yet to be met.

The decision was taken ahead of Palanisamy's visit to New Delhi on Friday where he will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "We want Sasikala removed from the party and a probe ordered into the death of our leader Jayalalithaa", he reiterated.

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