In what is being termed as a major setback to Sasikala, AIADMK (Amma) sacked Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran citing the fact that his appointment was against party rules as he openly questioned their authority.
AIADMK (Amma) led by Palaniswami questioned the new appointments made by Dinakaran as his appointment was also under the scrutiny of the Election Commission (EC).
On 4 August, Dinakaran had made several appointments including that of his loyalists to various party posts.
An official statement revealed that the appointments being done by him “will not bind any AIADMK cadre to create unnecessary confusion in our party and such appointments are not valid under party law. Cadres are requested to reject them.”
The political pundits perceive this move as coming one step closer to the merger between the two camps.
The merger would allow Chief Minister Palaniswami to continue in his position while the leader of the rebel faction and former CM O Paneerselvam may be given charge as Deputy Chief Minister and crucial portfolios such as finance.
However, Dinakaran denied that he had been sacked as the General Secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
His official statement read “VK Sasikala made me the (party’s) Deputy General Secretary and only she has the power to remove me.”
“I am in a responsible position. I will never undermine the rule of the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. No one can confuse the cadre of AIADMK and the people of Tamil Nadu,” he added.
With Sasikala currently in jail in connection with a disproportionate assets case, the situation isn’t looking promising enough for Dinakaran and the two camps look set to merge.