The O Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK has reportedly formed a committee to hold talks with the VK Sasikala faction on a possible merger. This comes after a late night meeting of the AIADMK top brass on Monday on the possibilities of a merger to acquire the party’s original ‘two leaves’ symbol.
Almost 20 Tamil Nadu ministers reportedly met in two camps on Monday night at the residences of senior party leaders Thangamani and Udumalai Radhakrishna.
The talks of a merger come amidst the current crisis within the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK with eminent leaders caught on the wrong foot with corruption allegations. The Delhi Police has named AIADMK-Amma Deputy General Secretary and Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran in an FIR on bribery for the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol.
Reports said that according to the FIR, Dinakaran offered a bribe of up to Rs 60 crore to a middleman, Sukesh Chandrasekhar, for the ‘two leaves’ symbol. While Sukesh has been arrested, Dinakaran, too, reportedly faces arrest even as he continues to deny the charge.
On the other hand, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar is also facing trouble following Income Tax raids on his premises. According to reports, the Income Tax department, during the raids, unearthed a Rs 89 crore cash for votes scam being planned by Vijayabaskar and other ministers. Following the raids, the Election Commission had cancelled the RK Nagar bypoll, which was earlier scheduled for April 12.
Reports now say that Sasikala, who is in Bengaluru jail, may resign, from the post of the General Secretary of the AIADMK and so will Dinakaran.
Senior AIADMK Amma leader M Thambidurai on Monday said that the Dhinakaran faction was ready to hold talks with the Panneerselvam camp so as to work for the merger of the two factions. “Those who left due to differences… let them come, we are ready to talk,” he said.
All eyes are now on the politics of Tamil Nadu on what the next move of the AIADMK will be as Dinakaran faces arrest.