Party cadres with Sasikala: Divakaran

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami during a meeting with ministers and party's senior leaders at party's headquarters in Chennai

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami during a meeting with ministers and party's senior leaders at party's headquarters in Chennai

A resolution to this effect was moved at a meeting chaired by Palaniswami at the AIADMK headquarters here.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday opined that the merger of the two factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is only a speculation and that there is no substance in it.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami not only removed Dinakaran through a resolution but has also invalidated all appointments made by Dinakaran, media reported.

Months after things going smooth in Tamil Nadu, Panneerselvam and Palaniswamy are all set to meet and are in plans for a merger. The merger talks were fast-tracked as Dinakaran tried to assert his position with a series of appointments. The resolution is said to be the result of backdoor negotiations between two factions of the AIADMK to make way for a merger. They are now headed to Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Though BJP has said it has nothing to do with AIADMK, sources said a senior Sangh ideologue and economist and a Union minister were looking at ways of ending the factional feud in the party.

On his part, Dhinakaran rejected EPS camp' resolution saying no one has the right to remove him from the post of deputy general secretary.

"When Dindigul Srinivasan, who was appointed party treasurer by AIADMK GS V K Sasikala, is handling bank accounts, how come I can not discharge my duties as DGS", he added. Although it is believed that OPS was expecting to became the CM again with a fresh election, everyone came to realise that a fresh Assembly election might just turn the voters away from AIADMK, especially in the wake of allegations of financial irregularities and the long ongoing turmoil in the party. "We request the party cadre to ignore them", a leader of EPS faction said.

"J Jayalalithaa on December 19, 2011, is illegal as it is against the party law 30 (v)", said the release signed by all participants except senior ministers KA Sengottaiyan and Dindigul Sreenivasan.

In the Dinakaran camp, the suspicion now is that the BJP has increased pressure on the two factions to merge quickly.

He was not eligible for the post as he had not been a member of the AIADMK continuously for five years, it added.

Meanwhile, supporters of Dinakaran termed the EPS resolution as an act of "betrayal" and warned him of action.

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