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20 April 2017, 06:22 | Erica Roy
The V.K. Sasikala and O. Panneerselvam factions of the AIADMK which were at daggers drawn only a while ago are now seriously contemplating a merger after purportedly proposing to jettison V.K. Sasikala, the controversial jailed aide of the late J. Jayalalithaa and Sasikala's favourite nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran who is in all sorts of trouble with the CBI.
Dinakaran has also convened a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai later on Wednesday. After the meet a section of ministers revolted against TTV Dinakaran, saying that they will save AIADMK from the clutches of a single family. According to ANI report, Delhi police also informed the Immigration Department about the development.
However, Sattur MLA S G Subramanian, told reporters that Dinakaran was their leader and the party deputy general secretary. An alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar had been arrested earlier which brought to light the bribery attempt, although Dinakaran denied knowing Chandrashekar.
The nephew of jailed AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala, TTV Dinakaran was dragged into controversy on allegations of trying to bribe the Election Commission officials with Rs 50 crore in order to obtain the frozen poll symbol of AIADMK- the two leaves.
Police got on Chadrashekhar's trail after they received a tip-off from an informer about certain Election Commission officials being approached. "More than 1.5 crore AIADMK cadres wish that the family of Dinakaran should be kept out". He had allegedly received money through some Chandni Chowk based hawala operators and police is probing the hawala link. The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, didn't take place, according to a report in Economic Times, and there are chances that the duo might meet on Wednesday to try and work out a solution. "This is the view of the basic partymen, district secretaries, MLAs and Ministers", Finance Minister D Jayakumar told reporters after a "consultative" meeting chaired by Palaniswami and attended by several ministers.
This is the second revolt in AIADMK since party supremo Jayalalithaa's death in December last.
Panneerselvam broke ranks with Sasikala in February, alleging he was forced to resign.
Earlier in the day, two other MLAs P Vetrivel and Andipatti legislator Thanga Tamil Selvan had voiced support for Dhinakaran.
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