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Tamil Nadu turmoil: No merger until Sasikala, Dinakaran resign, says OPS camp

Tamil Nadu turmoil: No merger until Sasikala, Dinakaran resign, says OPS camp

The two warring factions of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam have not yet made any progress on merger talks, nearly 48 hours after the decision to sideline VK Sasikala and her family.

The talks for a merger gained ground after an FIR was registered against Dinakaran for bribing the Election Commission officials for staking claim of the "Two Leaves" party symbol.

Some AIADMK MLAs have rallied around Dinakaran.

Panneerselvam on Wednesday said the ouster of the rival AIADMK faction's two leaders was his faction's first victory in the "dharma yudh".

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The Panneerselvam faction demanded withdrawal of the affidavits filed with the Election Commission that mentioned V.K. Sasikala and her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran as general secretary and deputy general secretary of the party, respectively. "The AIADMK (Amma) faction has constituted a team to hold talks".

According to Panneerselvam, MGR never involved his brother in party affairs when he founded the AIADMK and then ruled Tamil Nadu for a decade until his death in December 1987.

11 am IST: There are three options in the talks. But Sasikala's conviction in a disproportionate assets corruption case in February led to a bitter battle between OPS and Sasikala resulting in her loyalist, Edappadi K Palanisamy (EPS), becoming chief minister. The OPS camp has refused to enter into any negotiations if Sasikala, or any member of her family, infamously known as the Mannargudi Mafia after the village they come from, is part of it.

In the troubled waters of Tamil Nadu politics, the latest name to cause ripples is that of TTV Dinakaran's.

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The Panneerselvam camp will also be meeting to discuss the present political situation.

Senior leader in the VK Sasikala faction and Cooperation Minister, Sellur K Raju, said Chief Minister K Palaniswami has constituted a team of "senior ministers" for the objective.

Munusamy also hit out at senior leader M Thambidurai who had said that Palaniswami would continue as Chief Minister. Is that the merger going down the drain, or is there a different solution coming?

8 am IST: Dinakaran was on Wednesday night served summons by the Delhi Police to appear before it in connection with the EC bribery case. All party cadres, members and support Dinakaran.

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Soon after D Jayakumar announced the party's decision to keep away V K Sasikala and her family from the party, D Jeyanandh, son of Sasikala's brother Dhiwakaran welcomed the decision. Her comeback can not be ruled out either.


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