AIADMK merger issue: Apt word for Dinakaran is '420', says TN CM

Mergers Of AIADMK Factions A Few Steps Away

Hours after the AIADMK (Amma) adopted a resolution against him, TTV Dhinakaran hit out at the ruling party, led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami.

Dhinakaran has faced a challenge from senior AIADMK leaders ever since he was was named deputy general secretary by his aunt Sasikala, who is now lodged in a Bengaluru prison after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case.

The possible merger between the two groups of AIADMK aroused with the Amma camp led by CM Palaniswami against the appointment of Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary. To protect itself, the EPS fraction publicly distanced itself from Sasikala and Dinakaran, and some prominent leaders even said that both had nothing to do with the party. The question on the validity of her appointment is still before the Election Commission of India.

The resolution by the EPS faction comes amidst speculation that a merger with former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's party AIADMK (PTA) is on the cards.

The EPS faction in the resolution stated that Dinakaran's recent appointments of party functionaries will not disclaim with AIADMK in any manner. The appointments that he has made have also been deemed invalid.

But negotiations appear to be stuck at the Panneerselvam demand of sacking Sasikala from the party and government. Dinakaran was the party candidate in the bypoll necessitated by the death of Jayalalithaa. While the CM met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi briefly and also interacted with Union minister Arun Jaitley, Panneerselvam briefly greeted the PM at the event.

If Dinakaran were to mobilise support - 37 MLAs were said to be backing him - it would endanger the Palaniswami government.

Still, Team EPS has assured the Centre that the merger would occur somehow within 10 days and a grand rally will be organised which would celebrate the merger along with MGR's centenary year. "If there is a crisis, he will choose the party first, not the government". "But how long will they survive?" If that happens, it will mark their end in the party with many of their loyalists also walking away.

The BJP will be keenly watching. "Anyway, this is not going to help the party or the government", the MLA said.

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