AIADMK merger speculations grow as Palaniswami meets PM Modi

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Taking a dig at All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palanisamy on Friday said that the apt word for the former would be "420".

The AIADMK (Amma) on Thursday revolted against the Sasikala clan by deposing both VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran from their respective posts and prepared the ground for the merger of the EPS and OPS factions. "We look forward to the commission holding a hearing in a week's time with both camps and nullifying Sasikala's appointment", said a senior leader of the OPS faction. The development comes close on the heels of Dhinkaran challenging the EPS camp to submit the resolution to the EC and charging them with forgery as it was printed on an AIADMK letterhead. "Since he has not been a member of the party for five years, he can not hold any post in the party", the resolution said, pointing to Dinakaran's expulsion from primary membership of the party by late CM Jayalalithaa in December 2011.

Before her arrest, then chief minister Panneerselvam was locked in a power tussle with Sasikala sparking a political crisis on who will be late J Jayalalithaa's successor. "Since Dhinakaran's appointment was not legally valid, all the appointments made by him recently were also not valid".

Sources said it also means that after the merger, O Panneerselvam will not be the general secretary of the party, but will only lead a committee that would run the party and coordinate with the government.

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The moment Sasikala took control of the party, it's popularity nosedived and never ever recovered.

Rejecting the resolution adopted against him, Dinakaran warned of "surgical action" against Palanisami and others if the situation warrants. More agitations, just as the one held by the party's yuva morcha recently, to ask for holding local polls and better quality of teachers in government schools are being planned. Although nobody knows the depth of their resources, it may be easily surmised that they are in it for the long haul because they don't have another choice.

Is EPS faction's statement a prelude to merger of AIADMK groups? "Anyway, this is not going to help the party or the government", the MLA said.

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