AIADMK's Edappadi K.Palaniswamy faction defies TTV Dinakaran; passes resolution against him

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami during a meeting with ministers and party's senior leaders at party's headquarters in Chennai

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami during a meeting with ministers and party's senior leaders at party's headquarters in Chennai

The resolution is said to be the result of backdoor negotiations between two factions of the AIADMK to make way for a merger.

But the rival camp of O Panneerselvam is unlikely to accept it as they want expulsion of Sasikala from the party.

Responding to the resolution, Dinakaran said, "Nobody can prevent me from discharging my duties".

"They are saying something outside and have stated something different in the affidavit furnished with the EC", Dinakaran said, adding that such attitude was similar to "cheating" and both his and Sasikala's appointment and all office-bearers they had brought in were valid and as per the AIADMK's laws. Palanisamy's resolution comes days after TTV Dinakaran "exercised his powers" as the Deputy General Secretary of the party and announced a statewide tour. The move came two months after he got bail in a case in which he was charged of trying to bribe Election Commission officials for the ownership of AIADMK's "two-leaves" symbol in a bypoll necessitated by the death of Jayalalithaa.

Though Independence Day as been given as the deadline for the merger of AIADMK factions, but nothing seems to be working out as decision on CM and general secretary posts remains inconclusive. He also cited precedence to counter the charge by both OPS and EPS factions that his return to the party was illegal because he had been removed by Jayalalithaa long ago.

"If we had not taken this step Dhinakaran would have continued to undermine the authority of the chief minister and caused greater confusion in the party", said a senior minister. 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.

Significantly, the resolution copy was not signed by KA Sengottaiyan and Dindigul Srinivasan, who were appointed by VK Sasikala as presidium chairman and treasurer. After finalizing the agreement, the Chief Minister is now expected to embark for Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. The decision to remove Dinakaran was taken by Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palanisami.

Political experts say if T.T.V. Dhinakaran, who will address his first public meeting in Madurai on 14 August, is able to retain support of 25-30 MLAs, it can disturb E. Palaniswami-led government.