AIADMK rules out change in CM, Palaniswami to stay

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"Dinakaran and his family will be away from AIADMK and its government".

In a dramatic turn of events, the K Palaniswami cabinet on Tuesday revolted against AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran and made a decision to keep him and his family out of the party and the government.

A day after senior minister D. Jayakumar said senior ministers who discussed the party's merger had made a decision to keep away Dhinakaran's family from party activities, TTV spoke to the media here at his residence. "Let the ministers take care of the party and run the government without fear", he said.

But, just as the two groups were about to break ice on Monday, O Panneerselvam, leading the AIADMK-Puratchi Thalaivi Amma group, hardened his stance, saying there was no room for merger talks with the AIADMK (Amma) faction unless Sasikala and her family members were kept out of the party.

While Sengottaiyan's individual stand still remains a mystery, MLAs like Vetrivel said the party can not oust TTV Dinakaran and Sasikala. I am not against the merger factions (the AIADMK -Amma and the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) faction led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam).

He also said the families of Dinakaran and Sasikala had undergone sufferings and also contributed to the party's growth.

Before heading to prison, Ms Sasikala placed her nephew in charge of the party and a loyalist, E Palaniswami as Chief Minister. "The properties in the name of Jayalalithaa too should be transferred to the party", said Mythreyan.

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The Panneerselvam camp is discussing the latest developments.

TTV Dinakaran is also facing FEMA and Election Commission bribery cases and he may be arrested in lieu with any one or both, soon.

The Delhi Police has booked Dinakaran for allegedly attempting to bribe Election Commission officials through a middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar to get a favourable verdict in the party's two leaves symbol case.

Panneerselvam had been petitioning against Sasikala since her meteoric rise to the top of the AIADMK. A team is formed by us consisting of senior ministers for the process of merger of two factions. Panneerselvam broke ranks with Sasikala in February, alleging he was forced to resign.

"If approached, we are ready to sit and talk and I have confidence that they [leaders] will come [for talks]", he told reporters at the airport. Jayakumar denied rumours that Sasikala and Mr. Dhinakaran have resigned from the party.

But the Election Commission froze the symbol and asked the two factions to choose other symbols. D Jayakumar addressed a press conference and announced that bothe factions were in agreement and talks are on where they were considering the possibilities of retaining the "Two Leaves" symbol. I don't know any such person.

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