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Amit Shah is desperate to unite the warring AIADMK factions

Amit Shah is desperate to unite the warring AIADMK factions

In what is being seen as the process of removing the Sasikala clan from the party, the AIADMK (Amma) faction led by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami declared on Thursday that TTV Dinakaran, the deputy general secretary of the party, is not authorised to make any appointment and his decisions were not binding on the party.

While this is a significant step in healing the rift with the breakaway faction led by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS), senior leaders in the breakaway faction described the resolution as a half measure.

Alleging that the Chief Minister has indulging in anti-party activities, he said "they don't even know that they have committed a mistake by using the letterhead of the AIADMK".

The AIADMK was fully equipped to complete a five-year term until J Jayalalithaa's death last year. "People who became Chief Minister, Ministers and office-bearers of the party because of the magnanimity of Sasikala are questioning her".

According to sources, AIADMK leaders Palaniswai and OPS and likely to meet this week and finalise the merger plans. An MLA close to Dinakaran, Vetrivel, who participated in the AIADMK meeting said, "Sasikala and Dinakaran can not be removed from the party".

However, he was arrested for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to buy (for his faction) the "frozen" two leaves symbol of the AIADMK during the RK Nagar polls.

The AIADMK also said that Dinakaran was creating confusion by appointing several party office bearers.

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"We are fully confident about Deepa Jayakumar", stated the Tamil Nadu Minister over the merger of the two AIADMK factions. "Dinakaran has been clearly told he has no powers".

It rejected the appointments made by Dinakaran, stating they are invalid since his own position is questionable. He stepped out of AIADMK with some of the MLAs and promised that he would not joint hands with any other party will die as the best disciple for Amma (Jayalalithaa).

The two leaders will be in the national capital on Thursday to attend M Venkaiah Naidu's swearing-in ceremony as the Vice President. The O. Panneerselvam faction is said to be closely following the developments.

In the Dinakaran camp, the suspicion now is that the BJP has increased pressure on the two factions to merge quickly.

Dinakaran removed, EPS faction adopts resolution against Sasikala.

Formally expelling both Sasikala and Dhinakaran was among the pre-conditions the Panneerselvam camp, which is also holding consultations on the possibility of merger, had made.


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