Chennai: In a jolt to VK Sasikala, a meeting chaired by Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Thursday that the appointment of TTV Dinakaran as Deputy Secretary-General was against party rules.
This is the first time Palaniswami made a categorical statement about the status of Dinakaran’s appointment by his Aunt Sasikala of February 14 just before his imprisonment.
By formally expelling Sasikala and Dinakaran were among the panneerselvam pre-camp conditions, which is also making inquiries about the possibility of a merger, they did. The movement in the two camps is seen as a bit closer to a merger of the two camps of Relax and Sasikala Dinakaran.
Noting that the Dinakaran appointment was also under consideration by the Election Commission, the AIADMK (Amma) led Palaniswami wondered how Dinakaran could make a new appointment at that time. On August 4, Dinakaran had made several appointments, including that of his loyalists to different party positions.
Citing a statement to the party cadres, said the meeting also said that these quotes made by him “non-binding on any AIADMK framework to create an unnecessary confusion in our group and these quotations are not valid under the party law. The frameworks of rejecting them. ”
Significantly, the statement said: “Although the appointment of Secretary-General Sasikala was until the formal election of a new secretary-general by the laws of the party, he could not work due to extraordinary circumstances” an apparent reference to his Detention in the case of disproportionate assets in February.
In addition, the designation of Sasikala has been questioned and pending in the EC, according to the statement. In such circumstances, the party was headed by senior officials appointed by Amma (a reference to the camp led by Palaniswami), he said. Senior officials and key ministers headed by Palaniswami Office attended the meeting.
After Jayalalithaa’s death in December 2016, AIADMK split into different factions. A faction is led by panneerselvam who rebelled against Sasikala’s leadership. The other two factions are led by Palaniswami and Sasikala.
The AIADMK camp led by Palaniswamy continued to keep its doors open to the faction of the rebel leader panneerselvam O to facilitate reconciliation. The merger talks between the two factions AIADMK is now moving towards its final phase.
According to a Deccan Chronicle report, after the merger, Palaniswami continue as prime minister while former head of government panneerselvam OR lead the seven-member committee to manage party affairs until the formal election.
On 1 August, it was reported that the BJP was willing to play the role of mediator between the two AIADMK factions. BJP has sought to expand its base in southern India by forming an alliance with AIADMK. It was believed that, depending on the outcome of the talks, AIADMK is likely to join the government of the National Democratic Alliance (ADN) at the Center.