Tamil Nadu cabinet revolts, dumps Dhinakaran, family
In a major political development in Tamil Nadu, the ruling faction of the AIADMK has decided to sideline VK Sasikala, who has been the long time aide of late leader Jayalaithaa from the party. Senior leaders of the AIADMK Amma faction including many ministers discussed about the political situation in the state among themselves twice yesterday in Chennai.
Later, they met the chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy and had a lengthy discussion. After the long hours of huddle, Finance Minister D.Jayakumar told the media that it has been decided to sideline TTV Dinakaran and his family from running the affairs of the party.
Dinakaran family includes Sasikala, who was nominated the party General Secretary, serving a prison sentence in Bengaluru. He said the decision reflects the collective opinion of the grassroot level workers of the party, its MLAs, MPs and ministers. He expressed the readiness of the ruling AIADMK faction to hold talks with the rival group led by O.Panneerselvam for a merger any time. However, loyalists of TTV Dinakaran have declined to accept the decision.
The decision to keep VK Sasikala and her close associates from the ruling AIADMK faction, is viewed as an attempt to bolster the raproachment efforts, with the breakaway faction led by O.Panneerselvam. He made the demand open at his home constituency near Theni yesterday saying, any merger move is possible ony after keeping away Sasikala and her close associates from the party.
Minister Jayakumar echoed the view saying, the dominance of a single family in running the party would be detrimental to its interests and a core group would be made in charge of the party management. The developments come in the wake of the Delhi Police booking TTV Dinakaran for attempting to bribe Election Commission officials to retain the frozen symbol Double Leaves.
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