Sasikala to be expelled from AIADMK, OPS settles for deputy CM

Saul Bowman
August 22, 2017

Chennai: Steps will be taken to remove AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala from the party by convening a general council meeting, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha member R Vaithilingam said on Monday after the two factions of the party united.

Panneerselvam will be sworn in Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister, it was announced on Monday. Nearly simultaneously the Raj Bhavan also announced that OPS and K. Pandiarajan would be inducted into the cabinet.

Panneerselvam will be given the portfolio of finance ministry and the position of deputy chief minister. Panneerselvam, who is scheduled to leave for Madurai on Friday to attend a meeting there, was expected to elicit the opinion of the faction leaders here to arrive at any firm view on the merger issue. The Chief Minister said difference of opinion between the two factions had emerged earlier and that they were now being addressed through discussions.

She said that from day one Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran wanted the merger of the party and everybody to come together once again and added that now they have been sidelined. While Jayalalithaa with her enormous popularity could get away with such demonstrations of temper, the same is being frowned upon in the Sasikala clan. While addressing the people, Palanisamy said that there will be 11 people in a committee to co-ordinate in the merger.

Meanwhile, the faction headed by T.T.V. Dinakaran, Sasikala's nephew, has warned against his own and Sasikala's sacking as Deputy General Secretary and General Secretary of the AIADMK. Saraswati from the Sasikala faction reminded O Panneerselvam that it was because of Sashikala only that h became the CM.

Sasikala is in a Bengaluru jail after being convicted in a disproportionate assets case.

A little over six months ago, Mr Palaniswami was a minister in the government led by Mr Panneerselvam, also known as OPS.

May 6: AIADMK (Amma) describes as "opportunism" Panneerselvam camp's demand for a CBI probe into Jayalalithaa's death as a pre-condition for merger talks. Memories of the way in which the Mannargudi family treated AIADMK cadres played no small role in reducing the support base for Sasikala and Dinakaran. He said a formal announcement about the merger would be made shortly. "The AIADMK is the only party that has reunited after splitting - not once but twice".

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