The power battle inside AIADMK after the death of J Jayalalithaa in December 2016 is far from over even as the two rival factions — one led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and the other led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam — merged in one; only to upset VK Sasikala’s nephew, TTV Dinakaran who has now threatened to topple the government if the party seeks any decision against Sasikala.
Meanwhile, Dinakaran on Wednesday sacked Tamil Nadu Minister RB Udhaya Kumar from party post and appointed new district secretaries for Thanjavur and Madurai.
Ousted deputy general secretary of AIADMK Dinakaran, who enjoys a support of at least 19 MLAs has lodged the legislatures at Windflower resort in Puducherry to insulate them from rolling over to the other camp.
Dinakaran on Tuesday, after EPS and OPS camps, announced the merger along with 19 MLAs arrived at Raj Bhawan to meet Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao over the AIADMK merger. Reportedly, it is expected that Dinakaran may soon demand floor test of the EPS govt in the state.
However, the merger was also condemned by many. Joining the chorus was actor Kamal Haasan who said, “Gandhi cap, saffron cap, Kashmir cap, and now clown’s cap. On the Tamilian’s head. Is this enough, or do you want more? Rise up Tamizha.”
Even though the merger seems to be in place for now, the troubles perhaps are waiting in just another corner as Dinakaran had said that he has MLAs working like ‘sleeper cells’ and will be activated when needed.
Current reports suggest that the AIADMK has 135 MLAs in the 234-member House. One seat is vacant. With Dinakaran enjoying the support of 19 MLAs, the unified AIADMK will have 117 MLAs which is one short of the simple majority.