The two warring factions of AIADMK could once again re-align, opines senior party leader M Thambidurai. Suggesting a potential truce, Thambidurai said, “There was no split in AIADMK, but only dissidence. Things could be resolved if both the factions talk.” The camp led by ousted chief minister O Panneerselvam should take the resolve, Thambidurai added.
“Ready for merger if OPS camp comes forward,” he was quoted as saying by NDTV. Thambidurai, the deputy speaker of Lok Sabha, holds proximity to VK Sasikala, the general secretary of AIADMK. Following the split in AIADMK, Thambidurai was among the first of party stalwarts to lend his support behind the Chinnamma.
In the bye-election for RK Nagar assembly segment, the constituency previously represented by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, a bitter electoral fight came to the fore between the two factions of AIADMK. Both the camps were disallowed to use the original AIADMK symbol – representing two leaves, which was freezed by Election Commission as neither of the sides could exhibit absolute control over the party as per AIADMK’s constitution.
The bypoll in RK Nagar was cancelled after Election Commission officials found cash being distributed in large scale to influence the electorate. AIADMK’s deputy general secretary and Sasikala’s nephew has called the cancellation of bypoll a ploy of Centre.
Dinakaran is also facing allegations of attempting to bribe officials of EC in order to secure the original AIADMK symbol. A probe is currently underway. According to allegations, Dinakaran was set to offer Rs 50 crore to the officials. An alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrasekar, was apprehended by Delhi Police with Rs 1.3 crore in cash. He was also wearing bracelet worth Rs 6.5 crore when he detained from a reputed hotel in the national capital.