<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakran today announced that senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam has been removed from the party. The move came a day after Vaithilingam, a loyalist of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, said steps would be taken for the removal of jailed party chief V K Sasikala from the AIADMK. Vaithilingam, AIADMK’s Thanjavur (South) district secretary, was being removed from all posts, besides primary membership for “going against the party’s policies and bringing disrepute” to it, Dhinakaran said. “I request party workers to not to have any truck with him,” Dhinakaran said in a statement. He added that the announcement was being made with the “approval” of Sasikala who is serving her jail term in the disproportionate wealth case in a Bengaluru prison. During the merger of the two AIADMK factions yesterday, Vaithilingam had said measures would be initiated soon to expel Sasikala from the party, conceding to a key demand made by the faction led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam for the unification. Vaithilingam, a former minister, was named party deputy coordinator during the merger event at the AIADMK headquarters here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakran today announced that senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam has been removed from all party posts. The move came a day after Vaithilingam, a loyalist of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, said steps would be taken for the removal of jailed party chief V K Sasikala from the AIADMK. Vaithilingam, AIADMK’s Thanjavur (South) district secretary, was being removed from all posts, besides primary membership for “going against the party’s policies and bringing disrepute” to it, Dhinakaran said. “I request party workers to not to have any truck with him,” Dhinakaran said in a statement. He added that the announcement was being made with the “approval” of Sasikala who is serving her jail term in the disproportionate wealth case in a Bengaluru prison. During the merger of the two AIADMK factions yesterday, Vaithilingam had said measures would be initiated soon to expel Sasikala from the party, conceding to a key demand made by the faction led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam for the unification. Vaithilingam, a former minister, was named party deputy coordinator during the merger event at the AIADMK headquarters here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the two factions of the ruling AIADMK merged, MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, and demanded a change of Chief Minister.MLAs supporting TTV submitted a letter to Governor saying that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) has lost their confidence by inducting OPS as deputy CM without consulting them.The MLAs also gave a separate letter to Governor withdrawing support to Chief Minister K Palaniswami government.”We have demanded a change of CM,” said MLA Thanga Thamilselvan. It was Panneerselvam (OPS) who split the party resulting freezing of the party symbol, he added.”Governor has assured as to consider our demand,” Thamilselvan said.Thanga Tamilselvan had also questioned why EPS was giving importance to Panneerselvam, “who has just nine MLAs” with him, whereas it was the 122 MLAs of the AIADMK Amma faction who had voted for the government in the February 18 trust vote.Rival AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam merged, ending a nearly seven-month feud in a power-sharing formula in the ruling party and the government in which the latter was made the deputy chief minister. ALSO READ AIADMK merger: Clown’s cap being foisted on the head of Tamil Nadu people, says Kamal HaasanAs the merger brought to an end weeks of suspense during which there was tough negotiations, the two factions said steps would be taken to expel party chief V K Sasikala.The merger facilitated the return of Panneerselvam to the government as Finance minister, isolating Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, and his camp.Calling each other ‘Annan'(elder brother), both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam described the merger as “historic”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the two factions of the ruling AIADMK merged, MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran today said they would meet Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao tomorrow. “We have sought an appointment with the governor tomorrow and he has given time at 10 AM. We will be meeting him and hold consultations,” key Dhinakaran aide and legislator P Vetrivel said. A vocal voice of the Dhinakaran camp, Vetrivel was part of a group of MLAs who went to the burial site of former chief minister Jayalalithaa at the Marina beach and meditated for about 15 minutes before disclosing their plans. Asked what will be the agenda of the meeting with the governor, Vetrivel said it would not be proper to reveal it to the media before the meeting. Another MLA, Thanga Tamilselvan, questioned why Chief Minister K Palaniswami was giving importance to Panneerselvam, “who has just nine MLAs” with him, whereas it was the 122 MLAs of the AIADMK Amma faction who had voted for the government in the February 18 trust vote. “If we had sided with OPS (Panneerselvam), this government would not have survived. What is our situation now, who is responsible for our safety? We stayed together to ensure Amma (Jayalalithaa) government continued,” he said. He said Palaniswami should have “consulted us” before the merger, and claimed that the Dhinakaran faction enjoyed the support of 25 MLAs. Tamilselvan asserted that it was jailed party chief V K Sasikala who had made both Panneerselvam and Palaniswami chief ministers. “We have expressed our grievance with Amma by shedding tears (at the memorial). Very soon there will be good news,” he said. He said it was Panneerselvam, Palaniswami and others who had projected Sasikala both as party chief and later for the chief minister’s post. Vetrivel said none had the “authority or right” to remove Sasikala as general secretary and that only she had the right to convene the decision making body, the General Council, and decide on appointing and expelling persons. In her absence, it was her deputy Dhinakaran who could do that, he added. Earlier in the day, rival AIADMK factions led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam merged, ending a nearly seven- month feud.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The TTV Dhinkaran camp in AIADMK today hit out at Chief Minister K Palaniswami for questioning the authority of the Deputy General Secretary, terming it as a “betrayal” and warned him of a backlash. Two senior leaders of the Dhinakaran camp also called Palaniswami a “traitor”. AIAMDK’s Karnataka unit secretary and Dhinakaran loyalist V Pugazhenthi termed as a “drama”, the AIADMK Amma faction led by Palaniswami questioning the authority of Dhinakaran, besides that of jailed party chief V K Sasikala. “These decisions are not binding on us. Party supporters will not accept this. They have poked their eyes with their own fingers,” he told reporters. “We are holding consultations with our Deputy General Secretary (Dhinakaran). Anything can happen. This is the peak of betrayal where Palaniswami has ventured into,” he said. Such decisions cannot be taken by a few office-bearers, as was done today, but is a larger exercise with a number of them required to take decisions, Pugazhenthi said. He vowed “to teach a lesson to traitors.” The leader also alleged the possibility of role of former chief minister and rebel faction chief O Panneerselvam in today’s developments. “There could be behind the screens agreement with Panneerselvam,” he alleged. Another Dhinakaran loyalist, Nanchil Sampath, said the Chief Minister-led camp had come out with a “unilateral announcement” questioning the former’s authority. “By doing such a thing, Panneerslevam has got an important place in the list of traitors. History has seen many traitors and this is another betrayal,” he said. He questioned the Palaniswami camp’s reasoning that Dhinakaran’s appointment was not valid for the fact that he had not been a member of the party for five years prior to the appointment, since the late Chief Minister and party supremo J Jayalalithaa had expelled him in 2011. Sampath recalled he had quit the Vaiko-led MDMK in December 2012 and was appointed the party’s deputy propaganda secretary that very day by Jayalalithaa then. “Where were they then. Did these rules expire then?” he asked. He said Dhinakaran himself will announce the future course of action following today’s developments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a yet another setback for the ruling AIADMK Amma faction in Tamil Nadu, the Election Commission (EC) has directed the returning officer of the RK Nagar Assembly constituency to file FIRs against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, the party’s Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran and others for distributing money to voters.The poll panel’s direction to register cases against the AIADMK leaders was revealed through a Right to Information petition filed by an advocate. The EC had countermanded the RK Nagar bypoll scheduled for April 12 after an income-tax raid on the residence of the health minister and his aides revealed the distribution of Rs 89 crore to voters at a rate of Rs 4,000 to each voter. Dinakaran was the AIADMK Amma faction’s candidate in the RK Nagar bypoll, which was necessitated following the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.Advocate MP Vairakkannan, through the RTI petition, sought details of action taken against Palaniswami, Dinakaran, and ministers KA Sengottaiyan, SP Velumani, Sellur K Raju, P. Thangamani and C. Vijayabaskar over the issue of distribution of money to the voters. In its reply, the EC has said that it has directed the returning officer to file an FIR in a letter dated April 18.However, till date, no cases were filed against the chief minister or other ministers even after the direction of the EC. Vairakkannan has moved the Madras High Court seeking to direct the returning officer to file the FIRs as per the direction of the commission. The case will come up for hearing before the first bench headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee on Monday….& ANALYSISEven as AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary seeks to reassert his influence in the party, the EC’s move spells fresh trouble for him.
His fortunes now lie in the hands of the Madras High Court.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Monday said the panel appointed for merger talks was not doing anything towards development and that?s why the decision was taken to dissolve it. ?After the committee has been dismantled there is no possibility for talks. Even after committee was formed they were only creating drama, nothing towards the development of the state. My next step is to bring the parties together,? Panneerselvam told the reporters here. Panneerselvam has dissolved the seven-member panel that he had formed for holding merger talks between two rival AIADMK groups, ending any hope of immediate unity within the party. He took the decision late last night, local media reports said after a meeting party functionaries here. The Panneerselvam-led AIADMK faction has been demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. It also sought the removal of AIADMK chief V. K. Sasikala and her family members, including Deputy General Secretary T. T. V. Dhinakaran, from the party as preconditions for merger talks to go ahead. Since no visible progress was seen on these issues, it was decided by the Panneerselvam faction to call off merger talks for the time being.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rebel AIADMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Sunday announced dissolving a seven-member panel formed in April to hold merger talks with the rival AIADMK (Amma) faction headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami.Panneerselvam’s announcement at a meeting of party functionaries in Chennai came after senior party leaders pressed him for a decision in this regard.A cheer went up from the cadre after he made the announcement, sources in the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) faction said. “He announced that the panel stands dissolved,” a source said. A senior functionary in AIADMK’s Puratchi Thalaivi camp, led by O Panneerselvam, met the party’s Amma faction leader TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday, calling him a “strong leader” who could strengthen the party.On the other hand, Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, who had backed Panneerselvam following his revolt against party chief VK Sasikala in February this year, said he was one of those who was ‘fooled’ by the ‘theatrics’ of the former Chief Minister. “OPS (Panneerselvam) is a bigger actor than (thespian, the late) Sivaji Ganesan. I was one of those who was fooled by his siting in the memorial (of Jayalalithaa) and doing meditation,” prior to his revolt, Ilamvazuthi said.Speaking to reporters after meeting Dhinakaran at his residence here, Ilamvazhuthi said he had soon ‘discovered’ about Panneerselvam after joining his camp.Quoting his meeting with the AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary, Ilamvazhuthi said he had told Dhinakaran that he was a “strong” man who could strengthen the party. “In today’s context, to strengthen this party, a strong leader is required and you are that leader, that is what I told him,” he said.Former DMK Minister Ilamvazhuthi had joined AIADMK in 2013 in the presence of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A tweet by O Panneerselvam, leader of the Puratchi Thalaivi (Amma) faction of AIADMK, on a possible alliance with BJP after the declaration of civic polls kicked up a storm today. “We will take a decision on alliance with BJP once local body elections are announced,” the tweet from Panneerselvam’s twitter handle @OfficeOfOPS said. The tweet, however, was later removed with the faction clarifying that it will decide on the tie-up with ‘any party’ only after the local body poll dates were declared. The development came a day after Panneerselvam called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi to discuss the issues concerning Tamil Nadu. In an apparent damage control move, the media team of the faction clarified that the alliance could be with any party depending upon the situation. “We mean that only after the announcement of local body elections we will think about the alliance with any political party,” another tweet from the @OfficeOfOPS handle said in a clarification. Former chief minister Panneerselvam had revolted against AIADMK chief V K Sasikala in February this year, alleging he was forced to make way for her to the state’s top post. Later, he led a host of MPs, MLAs and senior leaders to form a faction of his own. He had also fielded E Madusudanan for the now cancelled April 12 RK Nagar bypoll against AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran. BJP had nominated Gangai Amaren for the election. The Election Commission had cancelled the bypoll over the use of money power to influence voters. The proposed merger talks between the two factions led by Panneerselvam and chief minister K Palaniswami, has remained a non-starter owing to the former’s insistence on expulsion of Sasikala, Dhinakaran and their family members from AIADMK.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK Deputy Chief TTV Dinakaran on Saturday appeared before Delhi police crime branch for questioning in connection with an alleged attempt to bribe an EC official for retaining the ‘two leaves’ party symbol.Amid heavy security, Dinakaran arrived after 3 PM at the Crime Branch Inter State Cell office in Chanakyapuri. Earlier in the day, he said that he will speak to the media after returning from the national capital.Dinakaran was summoned on Wednesday at his upscale Besant Nagar residence. The lookout notice was issued in the wake of inputs that he was an NRI and could try to flee the country.The AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary is already facing the heat as the K Palaniswami Cabinet revolted against him and decided to keep him and his family out of the party and the government.Dinakaran has virtually questioned the need for the lookout notice, saying how could he flee the country when his passport was “in court” for 20 years.Earlier, the Crime Branch had arrested an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar here in connection with the matter.He claimed that he had told Dinakaran that he will get a favourable verdict from the Election Commission of India in the party symbol case, he said.The 27-year-old had told Dinakaran that he has contacts in the Election Commission and his contacts will help the Sasikala faction get the AIADMK’s poll symbol of two leaves in a byboll to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.Police got on Chadrashekhar’s trail after they received a tip-off from an informer about certain Election Commission officials being approached.It has been learnt that he had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol.(With agency inputs)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after the Delhi police served summons, AIADMK Deputy Chief TTV Dhinakaran will on Saturday appear before them in connection with a case of alleged bribery to EC officials for retrieving the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol.On Saturday morning, Dinakaran boarded a flight to Delhi, and said that he will speak to the media after returning from the national capital.Amid mid-night drama, Dinakaran was summoned on Wednesday at his upscale Besant Nagar residence.Earlier, the lookout notice was issued in the wake of inputs that he was an NRI and could try to flee the country.The AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary is already facing the heat as the K Palaniswami Cabinet revolted against him and decided to keep him and his family out of the party and the government.Dinakaran has virtually questioned the need for the lookout notice, saying how could he flee the country when his passport was “in court” for 20 years.Earlier, the Crime Branch had arrested an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar here in connection with the matter.He claimed that he had told Dinakaran that he will get a favourable verdict from the Election Commission of India in the party symbol case, he said.The 27-year-old had told Dhinakaran that he has contacts in the Election Commission and his contacts will help the Sasikala faction get the AIADMK’s poll symbol of two leaves in a byboll to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.Police got on Chadrashekhar’s trail after they received a tip-off from an informer about certain Election Commission officials being approached.It has been learnt that he had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol.(With agency inputs)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran today virtually questioned the need for the lookout notice issued by the Delhi Police in a bribery case, saying as his passport “is in court” for 20 years how could he flee the country. “My passport is in court for 20 years. How can I escape from India,” he told reporters here. He was apparently referring to the pending FERA cases against him in a court here in connection with which he has surrendered his passport. The Delhi Police issued the lookout notice against Dhinakaran in connection with the case registered against him for allegedly attempting to bribe an EC official to get the coveted ‘two-leaves’ symbol for his faction. The “preventive” action comes in the wake of inputs that Dhinakaran was an NRI and could try to flee, police said. The notice was issued at a time when Dhinakaran has been virtually ousted as Deputy General Secretary of the V K Sasikala faction of AIADMK following a revolt by senior ministers. Earlier, the Delhi Crime Branch Police had arrested an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar, from a hotel in the national capital in connection with the bribery case. Sukesh had claimed he had told Dhinakaran that he will get a favourable verdict from the Election Commission in the party symbol case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister K Palaniswami has stressed for unity in taking the ruling AIADMK and its government forward, senior party leader K A Sengottaiyan said today, as informal meetings continued over a possible merger between the rival factions. A day after several ministers discussed the modalities of a merger, placing the focus on redeeming the party’s frozen ‘Two Leaves’ symbol, Sengottaiyan, Presidium Chairman of the AIADMK (Amma) camp and Higher Education Minister, held discussions with Palaniswami. “The Chief Minister said all of us have to be united in taking the party and the government forward and that it should continue (through the rest of its term),” he said. Palaniswami was not present during the meeting late last night held by the ministers to discuss the modalities of a possible patch up with the former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam-led faction. The Chief Minister also insisted that the party should win “when the elections are held again,” Sengottaiyan said. According to party sources, MLAs from both factions were holding informal meetings over the possible merger issue. An MLA from Sasikala camp, who was on board the INS Chennai, said there are likely to be formal meetings on the matter during the later part of the day. Sengottaiyan also held discussions with the faction’s Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran. Dhinakaran is facing heat from the Delhi Police for allegedly attempting to bribe an Election Commission official to retain the original party symbol. On the other hand, sources in the Panneerselvam camp said none from the rival side had approached them for talks. While the next Lok Sabha polls are scheduled in 2019, the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections are slated for 2021. Sengottaiyan parried questions on reports of party chief Sasikala and Dhinakaran quitting their respective posts. He said talks between the two groups could take shape gradually, indicating that the possible merger process could take some time. Some of the ministers had met at the residence of Electricity Minister P Thangamani last night where they discussed the modalities of a patch-up. The AIADMK suffered a vertical split on February 7 when Panneerselvam alleged that he was forced by Sasikala to make way for her elevation as Chief Minister. The two factions had since staked claim to the two leaves symbol which the Election Commission subsequently froze.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran in the dock for allegedly bribing the Election Commission, the DMK on Monday asserted that the entire development reeks of desperation on behalf of the Sasikala Natarajan faction. ?It is very shameful that they (AIADMK) have gone to the extent of bribing the Election Commission. If they have the majority then they should prove the majority. But if they are bribing the Election Commission then it proves that they don?t have the majority,? DMK senior leader TKS Elangovan told ANI here. The DMK leader further said this is a corrupt government, which is least concerned for the people and has put all its focus on grabbing money and power. ?The AIADMK is a corrupt party. The AIADMK is a headless body now,? he added. Echoing similar sentiments, Tamil Nadu BJP Chief Tamilisai Soundarajan told ANI that the entire development was a new version of corruption. Dinakaran was earlier in the day named an accused in the FIR filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for allegedly offering bribe for his party’s ?two leaves? symbol, which was declared suspended a few weeks ago. The police action came in the wake of arrest of an alleged middleman named Sukesh Chandrasekhar from Hyatt hotel last night. The Delhi Police’s case against Dinakaran comes even as a major crisis looms in the state government with a section of ministers revolting against him and seeking his resignation as party deputy general secretary. Dinakaran has, however, cried foul while stating that he does not know accused middleman. “I will legally face if any summon comes to me from the Delhi Police. I don’t know anybody by this name Sukesh Chandrasekhar (alleged middleman). I haven’t bribed anyone for anything,” Dinakaran said. Dinakaran’s faction contested on the ?hat? symbol after the Election Commission froze their ?two leaves? symbol acknowledging the split in the party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran, booked by Delhi Police for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official, vowed today to fight the case legally and alleged that efforts were being made to “destroy our organisation politically”. The crime branch of Delhi Police booked Dinakaran for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to get the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol in the by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat. He was booked following the arrest of Sukesh Chandrasekhar, a middleman, from a five-star hotel in Delhi yesterday. The leader of the V K Sasikala faction of the ruling party also claimed he did not know Sukesh Chandrasekhar, a middleman arrested by the Delhi police in this matter. “I will answer if I get summons. I will face it legally. How does a broker or somebody say the money was from TTV Dinakaran? I don’t know anybody by that name nor have I come across any such name in my life,” he told reporters here. He claimed efforts were on to “destroy our organisation politically,” but said he was not aware who was doing so. “Such information is being spread to destroy our organisation politically. It is basically wrong to say that Sukesh has spoken to me. I don’t know any such person. I don’t know what is the plan and who is doing it,” Dinakaran, on his way to meet his aunt and jailed party chief Sasikala at Bengaluru, said. He also denied the bribery charges, saying “I didn’t bribe anybody.” The Election Commission had frozen AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol after the two factions led by Sasikala and former chief minister O Panneerselvam staked claim to it. The bypoll to the R K Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu was scheduled for April 12, but the EC cancelled it, saying the electoral process had been “seriously vitiated” by parties through use of money power. Dinakaran was the candidate of the Sasikala faction. The seat fell vacant after the death of then chief minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK Deputy General secretary and VK Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran has been booked by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch in a bribery case.Sukesh Chander, the mediator, allegedly told Dinakaran that AIADMK’s ‘Two leaves’ symbol would go to the Sasikala camp if Rs 60 crore were paid to him.Last month, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had frozen the symbol ahead of the RK Nagar bypoll.Dinakaran was reportedly in direct touch with the accused and will be sent a summons, asking him to join the probe.The EC last week cancelled the by-elections in Chennai’s RK Nagar constituency, after cash-for-votes allegations surfaced. The decision came after Income Tax raids in Chennai found money was distributed to voters.The by-elections in RK Nagar became necessary after the death of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, who represented it for two terms. The AIADMK party, which is now divided into two groups, has been witnessing political turmoil after the demise of Jayalalithaa.Earlier, both the factions also staked claim over the election symbol, with the Sasikala camp moving the Election Commission to challenge the use of the party symbol by the Panneerselvam-led camp.However, the Election Commission decided to freeze the election symbol and allotted two new symbols to both the factions.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala’s nephew TV Mahadevan died of a heart attack in Kumbakonam on Saturday.The 47-year-old, who is the son of Sasikala’s late brother Dr Vinodagan, had gone to Thiruvidaimarudhur temple near Thanjavur when he complained of chest pain.Mahadevan was the state general secretary of Amma Peravai before he was removed from the party, along with other family members, by late party chief and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa a few years ago. He had kept away from party affairs since then.AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran was expected to arrive in Thanjavur later. Sources said that Sasikala, who is currently lodged at the Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru, is likely to move court seeking parole to attend Mahadevan’s funeral.Heart attack in a temple Sasikala’s nephew TV Mahadevan died of a heart attack in Kumbakonam on Saturday. The 47-year-old, who is the son of Sasikala’s late brother Dr Vinodagan, had gone to a temple near Thanjavur when he complained of chest pain.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Tamil Nadu ministers and two others were today booked by police on charges of threatening and obstructing Income Tax officers from performing duties during searches, including at a minister’s residence, here last week. An FIR has been filed against ministers Udumalai K Radhakrishnan, R Kamaraj and Kadambur Raju and others on a complaint by the Income Tax department, police said. Others named in the FIR include Thalavai Sundaram, Tamil Nadu special representative in Delhi, police said. The case has been filed under sections of IPC for offences including “obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions” and “threat of injury to a public servant”. It had been registered two days after the I-T department had written to Chennai Commissioner of Police Karan Singha on the matter. I-T department had alleged that the ministers and Sundaram “obstructed” its officials while searches were being held at the residence of Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and actor-politician R Sarath Kumar, whose party AISMK is an ally of the ruling AIADMK’s Sasikala faction. The ministers had allegedly barged into the residence of Vijayabaskar when the searches were being held and obstructed the officials. Searches on the premises of Vijayabaskar had allegedly revealed routing of Rs 89 crore for “distribution among voters” in R K Nagar Assembly constituency, where the bypoll scheduled for April 12 was cancelled over charges of use of money power. AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran had yesterday said the party would legally face the matter. He sought to play down the issue, saying: “They were allowed (to meet Vijayabaskar) and returned. Suddenly they (I-T) have filed a complaint. We will face it legally.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> TTV Dinakaran, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Amma faction candidate for the R.K. Nagar bye-election on Saturday got a diehard supporter who devised a unique way to campaign for his leader. The supporter first got his head tonsured and then, a painter painted his head with a hat, the election symbol of Dinakaran. The bye-poll to the R K Nagar constituency is being held following the death of AIADMK supremo and former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. AIADMK Amma Deputy General Secretary, Dinakaran has found himself in the midst of controversy. He is the nephew of jailed party general secretary VK Sasikala, a longtime companion of late Jayalalithaa. The opposition parties contesting in the prestigious R.K. Nagar assembly constituency have alleged that Dinakaran is using ?money power? to win the voters, a majority of whom are very poor. A 45- second video surfaced on Wednesday, which shows supporters of AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran handing out Rs 4,000 to each voter inside a house. Every time the man hands out Rs 4,000, he is seen urging voters to vote for ‘the hat’ symbol. Dinakaran dubbed the video as ?fabricated? and alleged that Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is behind it. The DMK spokesperson A Saravanan has accused Dinakaran of using big money to woo voters. “There’s rampant buying of votes by Sasikala camp to somehow win or to get polls postponed as they can’t win,” said Saravanan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, came in for sharp criticism for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, on Thursday. When the aircraft landed in Delhi, he refused to disembark despite attempts at persuading him to do so. Sukumar also tried to pacify the MP, who vociferously complained about the morning flight to Delhi from Pune not having business class. The MP, who was unapologetic about his actions, even boasting about it on national TV, claimed it was the officer’s threat to complain about it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that made him lose his cool.”I first asked him to lower his voice as his blood pressure would shoot up. He then said he would complain to Modi. Then I slapped him. I hit him 25 times with my sandal.”I am Shiv Sena MP, not of BJP, to tolerate abuses,” he said. Gaikwad, bragging about the incident, said,”I was about to throw him off the plane.” He boastfully claimed he held up the plane for “full one hour” and did not allow the maintenance staff to clean the aircraft.In this shocking footage, it is seen that individuals had to restrain the Shiv Sena MP who almost throws the officer off the plane! Slamming Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Thursday stated that investigation will determine what right action should be taken into this matter.’Unruly behaviour and violence on our aviation network is regrettable. Each such incident will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken,’ Sinha told ANI.Sinha further asserted that the law will take it own course and investigation will determine what right action should be taken in this matter. Earlier in the day, Gaikwad in his letter said that he was misled by the Air India and stated that he was given business class ticket, but later he came to know that there was no business class section in the flight. Gaikwad said that he even complained about the facility provided in the flight and added that it was not well maintained as there was no TV, towel or tissue paper. While raising question on the timing of the flight, he said that these are reasons for the loss being witnessed by the national carrier at this time when all the other private flights are earning quite well. Listing his problems, the Shiv Sena MP asked the Aviation Minsiter and Speaker to probe the matter and to find the reason behind these issues highlighted by him. Meanwhile, Air India has registered two FIRs against Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes. A Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Air India has submitted the inquiry report corroborating the incident and is examining creation of no fly list of unruly passengers, said Air India spokesperson.With inputs from PTI and ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran today claimed that the ‘two leaves’ symbol belongs to his faction and that he would file the nomination for the R K Nagar constituency on March 23. “The ‘two leaves’ symbol belongs to the AIADMK led by Amma (the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa) and (party founder) Puratchi Thalaivar M G Ramachandran. “I will file my nomination on March 23 under this symbol (to contest the bypoll to the R K Nagar constituency),” he told reporters here. Dinakaran’s response comes at a time when the rival O Panneerselvam camp last week submitted a petition to the Election Commission, requesting it to allot the ‘two leaves’ symbol to them for the bypoll. Asked how confident he was of winning the elections at a time when some AIADMK cadres had shifted their loyalties to the (former Chief Minister) Pannerselvam camp, he said, “Only 10 members had left the party…. 90 per cent of AIADMK supporters are with me.” The April 12 bypoll to R K Nagar constituency was necessitated following the death of AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. The Panneerselvam camp had announced party veteran E Madhusudhanan as its candidate for the bypoll. AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala had on February 15 reinducted Dinkaran, her nephew and another relative S Venkatesh, into the party, five years after their expulsion by Jayalalithaa. She had announced that Dinakaran, a former Rajya Sabha member, was being appointed as AIADMK Deputy General Secretary. Dinakaran and Venkatesh, besides Sasikala and her husband M Natarajan, were expelled from the AIADMK in 2011 by Jayalalithaa amidst reports then that they interfered in party and government administration. Though she withdrew the “disciplinary action” against her close aide after Sasikala expressed regret, Jayalalithaa had however said that the expulsion of the rest would continue. Sasikala, co-accused Elvarasi and another nephew V N Sudhakaran are serving their terms at the central prison near Bengaluru in a disproportionate assets case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Wednesday announced Sasikala’s kin and the party’s Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran as a candidate for the April 12, RK Nagar bypoll, the seat which was represented by late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.The bypoll will be the first litmus test for the Edappadi K Palaniswami government in Tamil Nadu.The by-election will be crucial for the two factions of AIADMK led by General Secretary VK Sasikala, former chief minister O Panneerselvam and Deepa Jayakumar, as it is the first election to be held after the death of Jayalalithaa.Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa, who has floated ‘MGR Amma Deepa Peravai’ has also announced that she would contest the April 12 bypoll for the RK Nagar Assembly constituency which was represented by her aunt.On February 23, TTV Dhinakaran took charge as AIADMK’s deputy general secretary. He was appointed as the Deputy General Secretary of AIADMK by party leader VK Sasikala Natarajan on February 15.Sasikala took the decision following the Supreme Court’s verdict wherein she was sentenced to four-year imprisonment in disproportionate asset case.Dhinakaran, who is the nephew of Sasikala, was expelled from the party in 2011 by the late former chief minister J. Jayalaithaa. However, after Jayalaithaa’s demise many relatives of Sasikala including Dhinakaran, regained their positions.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran today said DMK Working President M K Stalin was attacking his party to “conceal his inabilities” after he failed to “topple” the government. In an apparent reference to expelled party leader and former chief minister O Panneerselvam, he said Stalin had joined hands with a “traitor” to “topple” AIADMK government but it could not fructify due to a “silent revolution” by the ruling party. “One OPS (O Panneerselvam) was thrown away and one EPS (Edappady K Palaniswami) was ushered in through a silent revolution and a political change brought in,” he said. “That is why this Working President (Stalin) is frustrated and to conceal his inabilities, he is criticising the AIADMK government,” Dinakaran said in a statement. Dinakaran, nephew of V K Sasikala who is serving a jail term in an disproportionate assets case, took exception to Stalin’s reported remarks that the AIADMK government was being run by convicts, in an apparent reference to the party General Secretary, and said, “Not all those convicted are culprits.” “The world knows not all those convicted are culprits and that all those who escaped (the law) are innocent,” he said. Hitting back at Stalin, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly, Dinakaran referred to criticism against DMK on various matters, including the 2G spectrum allocation case and the Cauvery dispute. Sasikala is serving her jail term in Bengaluru central prison after being convicted in the Rs 66.6 crore disproportionate assets case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran met his aunt and party chief VK Sasikala at the central prison in Bengaluru on Monday, where she is serving her term in the disproportionate assets case.”Yes, Dinakaran came around 4.50 PM and met Sasikala for about half-an-hour in the prison,” Superintendent of Prisons Krishnaiah said.Dinakaran met Sasikala for the first time after her loyalist EK Palaniswami won the vote of confidence in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on February 18 and was sworn in as the Chief Minister. Palaniswami got 122 votes in favour and 11 against after the eviction of principal opposition DMK and protest walkout by its allies, who together have 98 legislators in the 234-member House.Sasikala and co-accused Ilavarasi and her another nephew VN Sudhakaran were lodged in the prison on February 15, after she surrendered in the trial court here following their conviction by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case. They have been sentenced to four years imprisonment.Dinakaran along with S Venkatesan, another relative of Sasikala, were allowed to re-join AIADMK on February 15, six years after their expulsion by her predecessor Jayalalithaa. Before proceeding here to surrender in the trial court, Sasikala had appointed Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary of AIADMK.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today insisted that he continued to be AIADMK treasurer and wrote to two banks here not to allow anyone else to operate the party’s accounts. In separate letters to the two banks, located at Mylapore area, he said that under the relevant party laws, he continued to be the AIADMK treasurer. “In accordance with Bye law 20, sub-clause 5 in the party constitution in continuance of my appointment as treasurer of AIADMK party by puratchi thalaivi amma, I request you not to permit anyone else to operate our AIADMK party’s current account without my written consent and instructions,” he said in the letters. The letters were addressed to the Chief Managers of Karur Vysya bank and Bank of India. Panneerselvam further said that Rule 20 contemplates that the party General Secretary shall be elected by the party’s primary members. “Presently the post of General Secretary of AIADMK remains vacant as the appointment to the said post, which fell vacant upon the demise of puratchi Thalaivi Amma, is yet to be made in accordance with Rule 20 sub clause 2 of the said by law,” he said in the letter. Panneerselvam said office bearers like members of central executive committee, Deputy General Secretary, Treasurer and party Headquarters Secretary nominated by the General Secretary would continue to hold office till a new General Secretary is elected in accordance with relevant rules and bye laws. Following his revolt against AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala last night, Panneerselvam was sacked as treasurer by his party leader, but the caretaker Chief Minister insisted that he continued to remain in the post. He had even said that Sasikala was elected General Secretary under extraordinary circumstances and that elections to appoint a permanent General Secretary would be held soon.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)