Ruling faction MLAs meet Dhinakaran

Ruling faction MLAs meet Dhinakaran

A day after the ruling AIADMK faction, led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, said it was firm on the decision to sideline V K Sasikala and her relatives from the party, more than 15 of its MLAs met T T V Dhinakaran on Tuesday and extended support.

The MLAs include former ministers Senthil Balaji and Thoppu N D Venkatachalam. On Monday, Finance Minister D Jayakumar, of the Edappadi group, had said his party cadres will not meet Dhinakaran.

Asked about the meeting, Jayakumar claimed his party MLAs had met Dhinakaran for personal reasons. “It is not connected to politics. It was a personal meeting,” Jayakumar said. The minister also said Palaniswami still has a majority in the house. “Amma (Jayalalithaa) rule will continue” he said.

However, former AIADMK MLA V P Kalairajan said he and his party MLAs met Dhinakaran to discuss party affairs. The former legislator also said Dhinakaran is still the AIADMK deputy general secretary.

Dhinakaran was arrested last month on charges of attempting to bribe the Election Commission officials to obtain the ‘two leaves’ symbol for the AIADMK (Amma) faction.

Amid the confusion in the Edappadi camp, the other AIADMK faction, led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam, is still insisting that a merger of both factions is possible only if Sasikala and Dhinakaran are removed from the party officially.

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