OPS Disbands Panel, EPS Faction Says Still Open For Merger Talks

With the entry of Dhinakaran and all likelihood of him claiming a stake in the government, the AIADMK politics in Tamil Nadu again are returning to the days of instability. Now, EPS is left to choose between TTV and OPS to stay in power.

Chennai: As OPS camp disbanded its internal committee for merger talks with Edappadi K Palanisamy led faction, speculations are that the instability in the State might intensify as there are three factions in the party presently.

OPS met his supporters after many MLAs’ in EPS faction started supporting TTV Dhinakaran, who came out on bail a few days ago. He declared that he was disbanding the seven-member panel constituted for merger talks on Sunday night.  Though the panel was constituted in April, there was no progress in the merger process.

Meanwhile, despite the declaration from Panneerselvam, Finance Minister Jayakumar said that the EPS faction was open for talks for a united AIADMK.

Speaking to a news channel, Jayakumar said that they are for the merger as lakhs of AIADMK cadre wanted a united party, which can work together to carry forward Amma’s legacy.

Earlier too, when Dhinakaran expressed his desire to stay in the party, it was Jayakumar who said that there was no room for TTV or his aunt Sasikala in the party.

Despite statements, EPS faction could not openly expel either Sasikala or TTV from the party and hold an election for the posts held by them. This became a hurdle for the merger, as the precondition of OPS was expelling both aunt and nephew from the party.

Meanwhile, Dinakaran said that he was staying away from the party for the sake of merger and its survival before he was arrested in cash for symbol scam and appeared a bit detached. But nothing happened even after he was arrested.

After his release from the jail on bail, Dhinakaran went to Bengaluru and met his aunt to discuss the future strategy. While a few MLAs met him on the first day, the number of MLAs doubled after he met Sasikala.  With the entry of TTV Dhinakaran into the fray, the Edappadi faction is facing the heat. Though Dhinakaran assured that he will not bring down EPS’s government, the knife is dangling on his head.

Now the time has come for Palanisamy to choose between Sasikala’s faction and OPS. Either way, he will become a weak CM.

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Is Tamil Nadu Heading Towards Political Crisis Again?

Sasikala-Dhinakaran duo is preparing to rock E Palanisamy boat by encouraging MLAs to cross over to their side deserting the ruling faction. EPS had reiterated his advice to Dhinakaran to keep off the party.

Chennai: Tamil Badu politics are again in the news as 21 MLAs’ from Edappadi Palanisamy (EPS) camp met Dhinakaran at his residence on Tuesday.  As this development comes on the heels of Dhinakaran meeting his aunt and party chief VK Sasikala in Bengaluru jail on Monday, speculations are rife that more MLAs’ might join his camp.

However, the government headed by Edappadi Palanisamy distanced itself from Dhinakaran, indicating a rift growing between the two camps. Analysts feel that this might threaten the stability of TN government.

Dinakaran was released on bail from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on June 1. He was arrested for trying to bribe an Election Commission official to secure the AIADMK’s official two leaves symbol.

Before leaving for Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru to meet his aunt, Dhinakaran said, “From April 19 or 20, a few members of the party due to some of their fears said TTV Dhinakaran and his family should remain out of the party. Because of which, I stayed away from the party for the last 45 days but there has not been any progress.”

He went to meet Sasikala to discuss current developments in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-Amma. Some reports said that Sasikala advised Dhinakaran to wait for two months before taking any major decision.

Meanwhile, it is also being reported that the MLAs’ met Dhinakaran as none of the promises that were made during their stay in the resort was fulfilled and they want him to assure them about it.

While the government led by EPS took a stand that they have nothing to do with either Dhinakaran or Sasikala, rumours are rife that EPS might be sent home as many MLAs’ are ready to defect to Dhinakaran- Sasikala faction.  If this turns out to be true, it will certainly bring down the government.

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Palanisamy Becomes Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Chennai: Sasikala’s loyal nominee Edappadi Palanisamy was sworn in as chief minister by Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday at around 4:40 pm.  He was given 15-day time period to prove his majority on the floor of the house. AIADMK announced that the vote of confidence is going to take place on February 18.

Under the circumstances of Supreme Court’s decision in the case of disproportionate assets that sentenced Sasikala to jail, Palanisamy became the elected leader of Sasikala’s faction. The faction has proved its majority earlier when Sasikala was its leader. Now, the governor considering the previous majority allowed Palanisamy to become chief minister asking him to prove his majority in 15 days.

Palanisamy is from Gounder community and hails from Edapadi in Salem District. He was elected on AIADMK ticket as MLA for more than four times and held ministries that included highways and forest, but more importantly he is a loyal to Sasikala and her family.

Meanwhile, OPS faction has approached election commission to ask them not to issue party symbol to  sasikala’s faction. They also claimed that the nomination of Sasikala as interim general secretary to the party and later her nephew Dinakaran as deputy general secretary was illegal.

Along with Palanisamy 31 ministers were also sworn in and four among them are women. However, Palanisamy will at least for right now, take care the ministries of Home, Finance, Irrigation, Highways, Public Education, PWD, and Personnel.

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