12 August, 2017
On Thursday, Palaniswami sacked party general secretary TTV Dinakaran in a move seen as purging the influence of his jailed aunt Sasikala from the party.
Chennai: Taking a step closer to a merger, the O Panneerselvam faction on Friday moved the Election Commission with a prayer to reject the almost seven lakh affidavits submitted by the AIADMK-Amma party in support of V K Sasikala and T T V Dhinakaran and termed them "false declarations". However, Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP's State unit president, said it [the party] was not exerting any pressure on both the factions to come together."It is an internal matter of another party", Dr.
O Panneerselvam, former CM of TN had earlier raised his agitation against Sasikala when she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case.
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The sources said the Panneerselvam faction will present a copy of Thursday's resolution to the EC.
Removing Sasikala and her family members from the party, and ordering a probe into Jayalalithaa's death were the two key demands raised by the "OPS group", which broke away to form a separate outfit, AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma), in February. A meeting presided over by Palaniswami (in picture) said Dhinakaran's appointment was against party rules. "Therefore, Dinakaran's announcements also invalid". It was during his absence that EPS reportedly strengthened his position in the party and emerged as a real threat to Dinakaran.
The moment Sasikala took control of the party, it's popularity nosedived and never ever recovered.Dinakaran is the nephew of party chief VK Sasikala. She is barred from contesting an election for the next 10 years. "If there is a crisis, he will choose the party first, not the government". EPS's continuation in power depends on the support of just five MLAs - if they switch sides, he will lose the majority in the assembly. However, as it's common in politics, there's always more than meets the eye. "But how long will they survive?"
The merger will also end several months of political drama. Probably, the BJP wouldn't mind the government falling and going to fresh elections although the risks are very high because the present government is highly unpopular.