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RK Nagar bypoll: 4 big takeaways from TTV Dhinakaran’s stunning win

TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday won a stunning victory as an independent candidate from former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar constituency. He made a rather audacious prediction after his win claiming that the ruling AIADMK government will not last more than three months. Dhinakaran’s win over AIADMK and DMK candidates have definitely added a new angle to Tamil Nadu politics and has clearly indicated that the churn which started after passing away of J Jayalalithaa is unlikely to stop anytime soon. Here are some of the big pointers from Dhinakaran’s Sunday surprise:Also readRK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran rises against all odds to stump rivals 1. Dhinakaran is here to stay:Battling corruption cases and collective might of AIADMK, it was perfectly possible that TTV Dhinakaran’s rebellion would have ended tamely. At the end of the day, Tamil Nadu is famously bi-polar and there is very little space for a third pole. However Dhinakaran by winning the prestigious RK Nagar battle has shown that he isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Whether he comes good on his promise to make a political earthquake in Tamil Nadu remains to be seen, but this election result has given him the political oxygen to fight another day. And for voters of RK Nagar, TTV Dhinakaran truly is the torchbearer of Amma’s legacy. Also readTTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll, DMK and BJP candidates lose deposit2. Troubling times for AIADMK: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu is in a fragile state, with a very unstable peace deal between the OPS and EPS camp. Now, with the Dhinakaran camp scoring this major win, the fragile unity will be severely tested. It’s clear that large number of voters and foot soldiers have their allegiance towards VK Sasikala’s nephew Dhinakaran. Will the elected legislators also change their affinity sensing the groundswell of support for Dhinakaran. Will there be a beeline to join the list of 18 currently suspended MLAs who have pledged their allegiance to Dhinakaran? Will either of OPS or EPS group try to side with him? And the million dollar question of who the voters will finally perceive as the ‘real’ AIADMK? The jury is out on all these questions, but both O Palaniswami and E Panneerselvam have their task cut out for sure. 3. DMK in disarray: There are conspiracy theories floating around about DMK taking it easy and transferring votes to Dhinakaran, to stir the AIADMK pot. But it’s hard to believe that the party would ensure such engineering where it ends up losing its deposit. It’s embarrassing for the major opposition party in the state and would further make Stalin’s job difficult. DMK is yet to revive from its assembly poll defeat last year, but with Lok Sabha polls barely an year and half away, it doesn’t have too much time to regroup. RK Nagar may have been an one-off, a referendum about Amma’s true legacy which sidelined DMK, but the party would try to avoid such slip-up in the future. The 2G verdict has definitely come as shot in arm for DMK, and it remains to be seen whether it can leverage it politically. 4. BJP continues to be non-existent: BJP, despite its best efforts, continues to be a virtual non-entity in Tamil Nadu. And RK Nagar was no exception, with the party candidate getting even lesser votes than NOTA. The BJP at Centre has given tacit support to AIADMK in the state, but that hasn’t helped in the party’s growth in Tamil Nadu. As Subramanian Swamy said, it is time to fix accountability in Tamil Nadu. BJP and Amit Shah will probably need more than a few visits to fix party’s condition in the southern state.

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At EC hearing, Sasikala camp urges freezing ‘two-leaf’ symbol permanently

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The second Election Commission hearing over the AIADMK symbol war remained inconclusive on Monday, with the V K Sasikala camp questioning the authenticity of the documents submitted by the rival group and demanding the ‘two-leaf’ symbol be frozen permanently.Former law minister Ashwani Kumar, representing Sasikala and her nephew T T V Dhinakaran, argued the majority is on their side. He also disputed the authenticity of the affidavits filed by the other side — the O Panneerselvam and E K Palaniswami camp.”Unless the authenticity of the affidavits can be determined by the EC, there is no material before the commission to actually decide the matter of the majority support,” he later told reporters.He said the majority support under the party constitution can also be considered on the basis of the support of the primary members not only on the basis of general council members.”At the worst, even if all our arguments fail, even then symbol cannot be granted to one faction and it has to be frozen,” he said.The hearing remained inconclusive and the matter was adjourned for October 23.The Supreme Court has asked the poll panel to decide on the matter by November 10.Senior AIADMK leader and supporter of the OPS-EPS camp, K P Munuswamy, said the Sasikala faction is losing the legal battle and that is why it was demanding to freeze the symbol permanently.Counsel for OPS-EPS side and former MP Manoj Pandian said, “It is their attempts to delay the hearing process by questioning the authenticity of the affidavits. Despite their attempts to delay, we shall get the symbol,” he said after the hearing.During the last hearing on October 6, the OPS-EPS camp, which merged recently, had staked claim over the AIADMK and its ‘two-leaf’ election symbol before the Election Commission, claiming support of a majority of lawmakers and party cadre.In an interim order in March this year, the Commission had barred the then rivals– Palaniswami and Panneerselvam — from using the party’s name or its symbol in the R K Nagar assembly bypoll necessitated due to the demise of sitting lawmaker J Jayalalithaa.The bypoll, for which the AIADMK had fielded Dhinakaran, was later cancelled due to alleged bribing of voters and is yet to take place.Prior to the merger, the two factions led by Panneerselvam and Palaniswami, V K Sasikala had staked claim over the symbol. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami was then a Sasikala loyalist.The poll panel had, however, frozen the symbol, pending decision on their pleas.Later, a large number of legislators led by Palaniswami revolted against Sasikala, who is now in jail in a disproportionate assets case, and announced merger of the two factions.Resolutions ousting Sasikala as interim general secretary and Dhinakaran as her deputy were also adopted at the party’s general council meeting on September 12.On September 14, representatives of Dhinakaran had approached the EC urging it to declare as invalid the general council meeting, citing a high court order that said any decision taken at the impugned meeting will be subject to the final outcome in the appeal. ​

Tamil Nadu: 18 AIADMK MLAs backing Dhinakaran disqualified, had demanded CM Palaniswami’s removal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal on Monday disqualified 18 MLAs backing sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran.The MLAs have been disqualified with effect from Monday, under 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members party defection law.The MLAs who have been disqualified are Thangatamilselvan, R Murugan, Mariappan Kennedy, K Kathirkamu, C Jayanthi Padmanabhan, P Palaniappan, V Senthil Balaji, S Muthiah, P Vetrivel, NG Parthiban, M Kothandapani, TA Elumalai, M Rengasamy, R Thangadurai, R Balasubramani, SG Subramanian, R Sundarraj and K Uma Maheswari.MLAs owing allegiance to Dhinakaran had met Governor and submitted a letter saying that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) has lost their confidence by inducting OPS as deputy CM without consulting them.Dhinakaran had escalated his attack against Chief Minister K Palaniswami since the August 21 merger of the OPS and EPS camps. “If the Chief Minister is not changed, we are prepared to bring this government down,” Dhinakaran had said.He had also vowed to ‘end this rule of betrayal’ within a week.In the 234-member state Assembly, AIADMK has 134 MLAs including the Speaker. The RK Nagar seat is vacant following the death of the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa last year.The merger of AIADMK factions facilitated the return of Panneerselvam to the government as Finance minister, isolating Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, and his camp.Following the revolt of Dhinakaran camp MLAs against Palaniswami, they were all initially put up at a resort in Puducherry.They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since staying there.Last week, the party’s merged factions under Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam on Tuesday declared late chief minister J Jayalalithaa as AIADMK’s “permanent” general secretary and annulled the appointment of V K Sasikala as interim general secretary.Meanwhile, the Madras High Court had directed that no floor test be held in the state Assembly till September 20.

AIADMK power struggle: Dhinakaran faction moves Madras HC seeking floor test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The cracks in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) seem to be ever-widening as now the T.T.V. Dhinakaran faction has met the officials from the Elections Commission and has requested them to declare the recently-conducted general council meeting of the party null and void. Vijila Sathyananth, of the Dhinakaran faction, told the media here that the faction would soon hold a general council meet of the party after the consent of their general secretary – V.K. Sasikala.The TTV Dhinakaran faction of the party on Thursday moved a plea in the Madras High Court seeking a floor test in the state assembly. They have urged the court to give directions to Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) to prove majority in the Assembly. The High Court has directed Advocate General to clarify by today whether the action will be taken against MLAs backing TTV Dhinakaran. Today is the last day for the 19 dissidents MLAs to appear in person before Speaker P Dhanapal to give an explanation for the notice asking why they should not be disqualified for giving letters to Governor withdrawing support to CM Edappadi K Palanisami. Meanwhile, Thanga Thamizhselvan MLA in Karnataka resort says they have sought 5 days time to appear before Speaker.Yesterday, Dhinakaran said that he would never go with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), amid speculations that his faction would part ways from the merged factions of chief minister E. Palanisamy and his predecessor O. Panneerselvam. “I have told the governor to ask Palanisamy to prove their majority. To protect our party, I will go to any extent,” he said, adding that his faction has 21 MLAs on its side.Earlier on Tuesday, Dhinakaran invited the EPS-OPS faction of the AIADMK for a face fresh election, if they believe they have the majority in support.Dhinakaran even swore to throw the ruling Tamil Nadu Government out of power. The AIADMK, in its general council meeting, passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary V.K. Sasikala stands expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited.The resolution further said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E. Palanisamy and his deputy, O. Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol.Other terms of the resolution state that all announcements by T.T.V. Dhinakaran stand cancelled.Tamil Nadu’s leader of opposition M.K. Stalin also said that he had moved the Madras High Court because Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao did not take due cognizance of his request of conducting a floor test in the state assembly. Stalin said he had asserted earlier that he will approach the court if Rao fails to address his concerns. The DMK leader demanded an immediate floor test from the Governor. (With ANI inputs)

‘If you have guts, let’s face fresh polls,’ Dhinakaran dares united AIADMK camp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a day when the united AIADMK camp announced J Jayalalithaa as ‘eternal General Secretary’ and revoked the appointment of VK Sasikala from all party positions, her nephew TTV Dhinakaran refuses to call it quits.Hours after the AIADMK meeting, Dhinakaran reacted sharply to the latest development.Maintaining that the AIADMK General Council meet should be conducted only with the permission of her aunt Sasikala, Dhinakaran said, “It was not a general council meet. People who have attended are not general council members.”The leader also dared the EPS-OPS camp to face elections.“You (EPS-OPS) claim you have support of party workers, so if you have the guts, let us face fresh elections,” he said.Vowing to bring down the Tamil Nadu government, Dhinakaran said, “You (Chief Minister Palaniswami) and others have no moral right to sit in positions of power that was once wielded by Jayalalithaa. We will send this government home.”Earlier in the day, the AIADMK, in its general council meeting, passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary VK Sasikala stands expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited.The resolution further said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E Palanisamy and his deputy, O Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol.Other terms of the resolution state that all announcements by TTV Dinakaran stand cancelled.(With inputs from agencies)

AIADMK rebels join BJP, crisis deepens for Chief Minister Palaniswami ahead of trust vote

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu government’s fragile stability is on a shaky grounds again.In what could be termed as a setback for the Chief Minister E Palaniswami, the rebel faction loyal to Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran joined the BJP in presence of party chief Amit Shah in Delhi on Saturday.The latest development means that the Chief Minister now more to worry about the impending floor test.The reason of Chief Minister EPS’ worry is simple arithmetic of Tamil Nadu Assembly. The Palaniswami government would need 117 votes to win the trust vote. If the these 19 lawmakers were disqualified under the anti-defection law, that would have meant some respite for EPS.However, with the rebel faction joining the BJP, equations may change during the trust vote.The 19 leaders who have joined the BJP include former Industries Minister Nainar Nagendran, former MLA of Arcot and AIADMK cadre Srinivasan and ex-Vellore Mayor P Karthiyayini.The rebels had withdrawn their support from the EPS government after the warring factions of AIADMK announced the merger.

AIADMK got together under Centre, BJP’s pressure CPM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) on Wednesday said that the two warring factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) got together under the pressure of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Centre. ?Both the factions of AIADMK got together and had an agreement under the pressure of the BJP and the Centre. The aim of the BJP is to use the AIADMK to advance its own political agenda in Tamil Nadu. They hope to ride on the shoulders of the AIADMK,? CPM leader Prakash Karat told ANI. He further said that the usual tactics were used like there have been raids on ministers, cases have been filed, CBI enquiries have been started and all this has been used to make these factions come together to have a combined government. ?After Jayalalithaa?s death, they have still not been able to solve the inner contradictions and as we have seen that 18 to 19 MLAs have refused to support this new setup and government. The only way now is for the government is to prove its majority in the House then we will know what is the future of this government,? Karat asserted. Earlier, a day after the merger of the two warring factions, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy’s (EPS) government faced a crisis, when 19 of his MLAs withdrew their support, leading to the government falling short of majority. The MLAs resigned when EPS declared, former chief minister O. Panneerselvam (OPS), as his new Deputy Chief Minister, and the convenor of the party. The 19 legislators, owing allegiance to former deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran, met Governor Vidyasagar Rao and withdrew support to the Chief Minister. The MLAs reportedly told Rao that EPS had “forfeited” their confidence of the public as well, urging him to “intervene and institute the constitutional process.” Later, Opposition leader and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin wrote to the Governor demanding an early floor test to prove the government’s majority and prevent horse trading, while other Opposition leaders also endorsed the demand. EPS, OPS and other senior ministers, meanwhile, held meetings at the Secretariat on the threat to the government. In identical letters submitted to Governor Rao at the Raj Bhavan, the resigned MLAs claimed they were “disillusioned with the functioning of the government headed by Mr. Palaniswami, as there has been abuse of power, favouritism, misuse of government machinery, widespread corruption”. On the other hand, Stalin has claimed that “twenty two MLAs” have resigned. Stalin wrote a letter to the Governor and said that any inordinate delay in asking the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the case will pave the way for continuance of an “unconstitutional” government and will destabilise the democratic norms and precedents established in demonstrating the confidence of the House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘EPS lost our confidence by inducting OPS’: 19 MLAs in Dhinakaran camp withdraw support to CM

<!– /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”.

EPS-OPS merger is like ‘comedy of errors’ DMK’s Kanimozhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi on Tuesday said the merger of EPS and OPS factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is like a ?comedy of errors? and nobody could predict what would happen next in the party. ?It?s like a comedy of errors. I really don?t know what to say because they had been saying that merger will take place and everyday it was postponed. It happened today. Somebody else is saying that they will pull the government down. Nobody can understand what is happening inside the party so will have to wait and see,? Kanimozhi told ANI. Earlier on Monday, the two warring factions of the AIADMK – one led by Chief Minister E. Palanisamy (EPS) and the other by OPS -led by former chief minister O. Panneerselvam announced a merger, citing that “MGR (M.G. Ramachandran) always wanted to see us united, not split.” The striking part of the merger is that EPS has taken a backseat in the party, declaring OPS as the convenor of the party. EPS will be the co-convenor. Palanisamy will continue to be the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, while O. Panneerselvam (OPS) took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister under the merged AIADMK government in the state. Miffed with the decision, AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran dubbed the merger a ‘business agreement between power hungry people.’ Taking to Twitter, Dinakaran said, “What happened today is not a merger. It’s just a business agreement between people who are power hungry and selfish. Only God knows how long this merger would last.” He further hit out at the EPS faction for joining hands with people responsible for freezing party’s elections symbol ‘Two Leaves’. “EPS has now joined hands with people who were responsible for freezing two leave symbol. This itself shows their desperation for power,” he said in a series of tweets. Disappointed over the move, Dinakaran’s supporters in the AIADMK will also meet Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TTV Dinakaran supporter to meet TN governor Vidyasagar Rao tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Disappointed with the merger of the EPS and the OPS factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the TTV Dinakaran supporters of the party will meet Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday here. ?Tamil Nadu Governor has given us appointment at 10 am tomorrow. We’ll discuss the issue with him, then will take any action,? P. Vetrivel, one of the supporters of the Dinakaran?s faction told the reporters here. Vetrivel said the people who have merged today, voted against this government six months back and without permission and without any indication they took the decision to merge. ?I don?t know what made them merge today. They are trying to act funny, they don?t have an right to do all this. General body can only be called by out general secretary, in her absence our deputy general secretary can call the meeting. Everything they are doing in our party office if forgery,? he said. Before addressing the media, the TTV Dinakaran supporters paid floral tributes to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa?s memorial at Marina Beach. Earlier, in what can be dubbed as a political turnaround in a state that was embroiled in a political drama till not so long ago, the two warring factions of the AIADMK – one led by Chief Minister E. Palanisamy (EPS) and the other by OPS – announced a merger, citing that “MGR always wanted to see us united, not split.” The striking part of the merger is that EPS has taken a backseat in the party, declaring OPS as the convenor of the party. EPS will be the co-convenor. EPS will continue to be the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, while former chief minister O. Panneerselvam (OPS) took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister under the merged AIADMK government in the state. EPS, while addressing a press briefing here, said that there will be 11 people in a committee to co-ordinate in the merger. There was no mention of jailed AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala in the press statement. “We will get the party symbol back and will defeat the enemy. Jayalalithaa had said before that after me, the AIADMK will be there for 100 years. We all will make it sure,” he added. “We all are children of one mother, and Amma (Jayalalithaa) is that one mother.” Earlier, Panneerselvam had announced that the AIADMK would be one once again, while also adding that the Sasikala clan would not be a part of the party. The OPS faction, despite welcoming the probe into Jayalalithaa’s death, also contemplated on seeking the expulsion of jailed AIADMK general secretary Sasikala from the party as the final pre-requisite before joining hands with the EPS camp. The formal expulsion of jailed party general secretary and her kin, including deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran, from the AIADMK was the other major demand. The much-anticipated merger of the two warring factions of the AIADMK, however, hit a last-minute roadblock on Friday. According to reports, EPS and OPS were expected to make a joint appearance at Jayalalithaa’s memorial in Chennai and announce the merger. The security was also stepped up at the Jayalalithaa mausoleum at Marina Beach late in the evening. The leaders of both the factions, however, started to leave the venue, hinting towards a disruption of the talks again. Party sources said there were few issues that were to be addressed by both groups, but didn’t elaborate further. The political drama in the state unfolded just after the verdict on the disproportionate assets case involving late J. Jayalalithaa and Sasikala was announced and the latter was sentenced to serve the remainder of her jail term.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No differences within faction, clarifies Panneerselvam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Saturday announced that there are no differences within the faction and the party will carry forward on the path of MGR and ‘Amma’. ?The talks on merger are going on smoothly and in one or two days a concrete decision will be known. There are no differences within the faction. We will carry forward on the path of MGR and ‘Amma’. Very soon, you can expect a good decision,? Panneerselvam said. Chief Minister has the support of 122 MLAs, while 11 support the OPS camp. Sasikala?s nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran claims the support of 20 MLAs. If he decides to pull the support and all the MLAs follow suit, the AIADMK would be left with only 114 MLAs (134 ? 20 = 114), falling three short of the magic figure. Yesterday, the OPS faction, despite welcoming the probe into Jayalalitha?s death, also contemplated on seeking the expulsion of jailed AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala from the AIADMK as the final pre-requisite before joining hands with the EPS camp. The formal expulsion of jailed party general secretary and her kin, including deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran, from the AIADMK was the other major demand. The committee formed to initiate merger talks between the Panneerselvam and Edappadi K. Palanisamy factions of the AIADMK Party has been dissolved. “AIADMK OPS faction dissolves committee formed for merger talks with EPS faction,” Panneerselvam’s office said in a tweet. The development comes days after AIADMK leader T.T.V Dinakaran reportedly met nearly 20 party MLAs in Chennai, which led to speculations that a third front is emerging within the AIADMK. The much-anticipated merger of the two warring factions of AIADMK hit a last-minute roadblock late on Friday. According to reports, Palanisamy and Panneerselvam were expected to make a joint appearance at Jayalalithaa’s memorial in Chennai and announce the merger. The security was also stepped up at the Jayalalithaa mausoleum at Marina Beach late in the evening. The leaders of both the factions, however, started to leave the venue, hinting towards a disruption of the talks again. Party sources said there were few issues that were to be addressed by both groups, but didn’t elaborate further.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIADMK war reaches EC’s door again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Staking claim to the AIADMK’s ‘Two Leaves’ symbol, Tamil Nadu Law Minister C V Shanmugham deposited huge chunk of documents at the Election Commission HQ in New Delhi on Monday.The truckload of documents reportedly containing 3,10,000 affidavits having signatures of party cadre declaring support for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, also known as EPS, has put the spotlight back on the Election Commission to solve the power riddle between the two warring factions of the AIADMK.Panneerselvam faction has already deposited its share of affidavits to the Election Commission.”The Election Commission asked us to submit these documents. As many as 123 MLAs are with EPS. These are affidavits of the office bearers,” Shanmugham said after deposing the documents.Shanmugham’s visit came a day after former chief minister O Panneerselvam (OPS), who leads the rival faction, dissolved a seven-member panel set up to hold merger talks Palaniswami.”We dissolved the committee because the merger failed. We didn’t want to be part of the drama that the EPS camp created. We have the support of the party cadre. We are sure we will get the Two Leaves symbol,” said Panneerselvam on Monday.There has been no progress in the proposed talks between the panels set up by the respective factions – the OPS panel, called the Puratchi Thalaivi Amma camp, led by KP Munusamy and EPS’s AIADMK (Amma) panel headed by R Vaithilingam.While both factions has publicly announced willingness to hold talks, the OPS faction remained firm on its demand for a CBI probe into the death of Jayalalithaa and the removal of AIADMK chief VK Sasikala and her family members, including Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran, from the party as a precondition for talks.

Removal of Sasikala posters brings AIADMK rival factions closer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The removal of jailed VK Sasikala?s posters at the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) headquarters here has brought the rival factions of the party a bit closer for a merger. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami?s camp (EPS camp) on Wednesday removed the posters of AIADMK (Amma) general secretary VK Sasikala and replaced them with cutouts of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. O Panneerselvam camp (OPS camp) leader KP Munusamy on Wednesday welcomed the development and said that they will talk for the merger?. ?Removal of Sasikala?s posters from the AIADMK headquarters is a happy and welcoming step by the EPS camp, said KP Munusamy. He said, ?If it goes in the same way, we will talk for merger. We are all brothers from same family?. After TTV Dinakaran, Sasikala?s nephew was arrested by Delhi Police?s crime branch on Tuesday; the AIADMK workers on Wednesday morning pulled down posters and cutouts of Sasikala and replaced them with of Jayalalithaa. TTV Dinakaran was arrested for allegedly bribing middlemen to get AIADMK?s official party symbol for his faction.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIADMK reunion hits roadblock as OPS camp hardens its stance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The reunion talks between two warring factions of AIADMK hit a roadblock with former chief minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) faction hardening its stand and seeking expulsion of party general secretary VK Sasikala and her family. It also wants the Tamil Nadu government to recommend a CBI probe into the sudden death of Jayalalithaa. The Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) camp came out with a soft response saying it has no conditions for starting talks for the welfare of the party.A day after claiming the first victory in the fight for justice following the AIADMK ministers’ decision to keep out party Deputy General Secretary Dhinakaran and his family from the party and the government, Panneerselvam announced that the formal talks for reunion will begin. But EPS camp clearly indicated they are in no mood to surrender.Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai on Wednesday evening asserted that EPS continue as CM. His statement came at a time when the OPS camp was staking claim for both the CM’s chair and General Secretary post.After a five-hour-long meeting at Pannerselvam’s home in Chennai, former minister KP Muniswamy said the rival camp must withdraw the affidavits they filed in support of Sasikala and Dhinakaran to the Election Commission. “They must issue a statement expelling Sasikala and her clan from the party and ask the cadres not to have any contact with her,” he said. He also asked the EPS government to recommend a CBI inquiry into Jayalalithaa’s death.Stating that the OPS camp had not made any demand for the post of CM or party general secretary in the unified AIADMK of Panneerselvam, former minister Muniswamy said that the EPS faction fears that if the talks begin, the MLAs would want OPS to head the government.The response from the EPS camp was rather soft one. Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam said they have formed a committee to hold reunification talks with the OPS camp. “We have not placed any conditions. Our only intension was to complete the four-year term of the Amma government and to get back the party’s two leaves symbol,” he said on Thursday adding, “Panneerselvam was chief minister for two months after Amma’s death. He could have ordered a probe. However, one person has filed a PIL seeking probe. The state government will abide by the court order.”

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