AIADMK crisis: Panneerselvam toughens stance on merger as noose around Dinakaran tightens

Officials of Delhi Police Crime Branch escort Sukesh Chandrasekhar in New Delhi on Monday

Law Minister C V Shanmugam said since party's Deputy Chief Dhinakaran was away in Bengaluru, the matter will be discussed with him after he returns to the city and a decision would be taken.

Events moved at a rapid pace after the Delhi Police registered a case against Dinakaran on the basis of information that he planned to bribe Election Commission officials to get the "two leaves" symbol which was frozen after the split in the party.

The Crime Branch had recovered approximately Rs. 1.3 crore from Dinakaran's alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.

"We demand affidavit submitted by Sasikala camp to EC stating Sasikala and Dhinakaran are holding party-position must be taken back", ANI quoted Munusamy as saying.

Dhinakaran denied that he is forming a third camp in the party and said, "If they had asked me, I would have removed myself".

"This is our faction's first victory that Sasikala and her family have been ousted from the party", Panneerselvam told the media. "They can maximum put me behind bars".

Six MLAs including P Vetrivel and Thanga Tamilselvan, have extended their open support to Dhinakaran, whose house witnessed hectic activity till early today.

He made it clear that Sasikala and her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran should step down if talks were to be held and remained firm on his demand for a probe into J Jayalalithaa's death.

"In a bid to keep the AIADMK cadres together and to keep the party cadres intact, it has been made a decision to stay away from TTV and Sasikala to carry forward the talks of merger with the rival faction led by OPS". OPS can be both chief minister and AIADMK general secretary, something he will be lobbying for.

Chennai: AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran says he has stepped aside in the interest of the party, so the question of resigning does not arise.

Jayakumar said all the Ministers and legislators welcomed the view of Panneerselvam. According to sources, they want Palaniswamy to continue as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and give the deputy CM's position to O Panneerselvam.

Trouble started following Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran some five years ago, and it hasn't left them alone since.

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.

It will also have to decide who should be general secretary and whether his role vis -vis the Chief Minister should be redefined.

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