Chennai: AIADMK (Amma-Sasikala)’s image has been tarnished with one scandal after the other. The latest bribegate that exploded in the face of Dinakaran has provoked senior politicians into revoking against the family that controls the party.
AIADMK (Sasikala) faction is being haunted by accusations and allegations either by the other faction of the party or the opposition. Amidst the allegations, rumours are rife that leaders belonging to Sasi faction want the family to resign from their party posts. There is a revolt in making.
After ‘cash for votes’ scandal which led to countermanding of RK Nagar by-poll, things have taken a serious turn when allegations were levelled against Sasi’s nephew and party deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran bribed officials to get two leaves symbol. The Delhi crime branch police has booked Dinakaran in the bribery case.
The Election Commission froze the party symbol ‘two leaves’ ahead of RK Nagar by-poll as both the factions claimed it and there was a clamour by each faction claiming to be the real legatee of Late CM J Jayalalithaa. In this context, a mediator named Sukhesh Chandrasekhar assured Sasi faction that they can keep the symbol if he was paid Rs. 60 crores. Dinakaran is said to be in direct touch with the accused and handed him the money to pay to the officials. Sukhesh is supposed to be close to politicians in not only Tamil Nadu but also in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh. Police arrested him earlier also for cheating people. Hence, he was arrested and questioned by the Delhi police.
The accused in the case would be produced in the court by police on Monday.The police recovered Rs. 1.3 crores from the accused.
With both factions fought desperately to retain the party symbol before the Election Commission froze the symbol. As the EC refused to allocate the symbol to any of the factions, they resorted to various means to make their symbols look similar to the original party symbol. The Sasi faction denying allegations of bribery demanded proof.
However, the State Election Commission said they’ve not received any report. The Election Commission in Delhi is supposed to meet both the factions of the party on Monday. But on the eve of the latest developments, one has to wait and see what the EC would do now.
Meanwhile, there are rumours that the senior leaders in the Sasi faction are rebelling against Sasi and Dinakaran and gave two days for them to quit their party posts in AIADMK.
The leaders want to unite both factions of the party, as the split is costing the party dearly. The leaders told the media that they would be meeting Dinakaran on Tuesday to ask both him and his aunt to step down from the party posts.
The senior ministers and leaders who were worried about the party’s image being badly hit and tarnished want to patch up things with Panneerselvam camp to save the party.
Once Sasikala leaves the party, Pannerselvam will not have a problem to come back into the party, said one of the ministers. The minister also said that once the family is sidelined, discussions with Panneer camp would be launched.
Just a day after the demand by leaders was made, the issue of bribery came into light. Probably things would go easier for them in light of new developments.