OPS Describes His Fight As ‘Dharma Yudh’
Chennai: As the way for the merger of two rival factions of AIADMK party was paved following a decision to keep V K Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran out of the party, former chief minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) described it as the “first victory in our dharma yudh.”
He said that a meeting with Ms Sasikala’s faction that turned against her would be their next move. While Sasikala, who was appointed as AIADMK chief a few months ago, is serving her sentence in a Bengaluru prison in DA case; her nephew and deputy, Dinakaran was booked in a corruption case recently by Delhi police. He was also facing various other serious charges in other cases. Responding to the decision taken by the party, he said that he has no regrets over being sidelined by his colleagues.
Though he called for a meeting of party legislators on Wednesday, he called it off. Dinakaran said that he welcomes merger of the two rival sections.
The party was split weeks after the death of former chief minister J Jayalalitha in December 2016. The rival faction leader O Panneerselvam had been demanding the ouster of Sasikala’s family from the party and appointing a committee to enquire into the death of J Jayalalithaa.
Since the first condition has been fulfilled, talks resumed and other important issues might get resolved.
The one question haunting both the factions is, who will be the chief minister. While OPS camp wants him to be the CM, E Palaniswamy has numbers to boast. His supporters want him to continue in the post. They want OPS to take the post of general secretary of the party which is considered powerful, while OPS camp wants him to be both general secretary and CM. They suggest that E Palaniswamy can be deputy CM.
Though both sides have not budged from their positions so far, they need to take a quick decision in view of their and party’s future. The party and government’s prestige have taken a beating due to the developments that are taking place since the death of their leader J Jayalalithaa.