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EPS clips Dinakaran's wings; merger bid on

11 August 2017, 12:35 | Myrtle Vega

TN: Both AIADMK factions to merge after OPS, EPS meet with PM

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He also wondered how the Palaniswami camp could comment against Sasikala when they themselves had furnished an affidavit to the EC, endorsing her appointment as party chief.

The two leaders will meet in the party headquarters in Chennai.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday opined that the merger of the two factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is only a speculation and that there is no substance in it.

"J Jayalalithaa on December 19, 2011, is illegal as it is against the party law 30 (v)", said the release signed by all participants except senior ministers KA Sengottaiyan and Dindigul Sreenivasan.

The resolution, however, stopped short of expelling him and Sasikala from the party, which is one of the main pre-condition of the OPS camp for the merger.

Interlocuters are said to have come up with alternative proposals including one that envisages OPS as "working general secretary" of the AIADMK while letting Palanisami stay on as CM.

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The meeting also invalidated the appointment of Dhinakaran as deputy general secretary - he was appointed by Sasikala before she went to jail in the wealth case in February.

"When office-bearers appointed by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma are leading the party in unison, appointments made by him (Dhinakaran) with intent to create confusion in the AIADMK will not bind the party cadres". Apart from voter bribery, Dinakaran was also accused of trying to influence the Election Commission to win the party's "two leaves" symbol which had been frozen by the poll panel.

In the Dinakaran camp, the suspicion now is that the BJP has increased pressure on the two factions to merge quickly. It was during his absence that EPS reportedly strengthened his position in the party and emerged as a real threat to Dinakaran. We have to wait for some more time for the official announcement after Palaniswamy and Panneerselvam finalize things. They are now headed to Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Sasikala moved into Jayalalithaa's house at Poes garden in 1988, soon after MGR's death and soon took over as her housekeeper, confidante and poltical aide.

Though there are few elements in the party who support Dhinakaran, soon they will be "disciplined", party insiders said.

Panneerselvam, who claims Jayalalithaa (Amma) told him to take over as CM when she was in hospital, said her spirit later told him that he should come out and tell the truth to the people of Tamil Nadu.

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