Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Dinakaran hints at quitting party post

Dinakaran hints at quitting party post

Emerging from a meeting chaired by chief minister EK Palaniswami, finance minister D Jayakumar declared that the unanimous decision was taken in tune with the aspirations of party cadres and people.

The sudden announcement by Jayakumar came after efforts for the merger hit a hurdle with Panneerselvam insisting on his demand for the ouster of Sasikala, Dinakaran and their family from the party and the government. The rival O Panneerselvam camp is also meeting separately here to discuss the future course of action.

Thambi Durai's meeting with governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan also set tongue wagging but the he described it as a courtesy call.

Earlier in the day, two other MLAs P Vetrivel and Andipatti legislator Thanga Tamil Selvan had voiced support for Dhinakaran.

A day after some AIADMK ministers initiated unity talks with the Panneerselvam faction, the former Chief Minister made it clear that there can not be any unification if Sasikala and her family members remained party members.

Panneerselvam also wanted withdrawal of affidavits submitted to the Election Commission declaring Sasikala and Dhinakaran as party general secretary and deputy general secretary, respectively. He had claimed he was coerced to step down by Sasikala after Jayalalithaa's death.

The tax raids on Health Minister Vijayabhaskar threw up evidence that Dinakaran planned to spend Rs 89 crore to secure his win and this led to the cancellation of the election itself.

Dinakaran earlier said that as everyone had chose to keep him out of party affairs, he had made a decision to stay out.

Dhivakaran boasting about the family's association with Jayalalithaa upset Sasikala, according to sources, leading her to choose TTV as party leader in her absence.

RB Udayakumar, the Minister who first went public demanding the resignation of Panneerselvam from the post of Chief Minister immediately after the coronation of Sasikala as general secretary in December 2016 said on Wednesday that it was all because of some kind of misunderstanding.

The talks of merger began after an FIR was registered against Dhinakaran for allegedly offering bribe to an Election Commission official for the ownership of the "Two Leaves" symbol.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Thambidurai meet twice fuelling speculations.

Munusamy further stated that they have asked the Palanisamy-led government to initiate a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry to probe the mysterious death of Jayalalithaa.

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