Sasikala and Dinakaran ousted from AIADMK!

AIADMK deputy secretary Dinakaran is likely to meet his aunt and AIADMK general secretary Sasikala in Parappana Agrahara central prison on Tuesday.

The Delhi Police had last night served summons to him in the case.

He has also been asked to appear before the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Saturday in a case of alleged bribery to EC officials for retrieving the party's "two leaves" symbol. "All 30 members of the Sasikala family should be kept away from party affairs and an official statement should be issued", he added. He added that the Palaniswami camp had not set any pre-conditions for talks and that the camp was "happy to sit for discussions".

Last month, the Election Commission had issued an interim order freezing the "two leaves" symbol of AIADMK, denying its use by both the factions.

"If approached, we are ready to sit and talk and I have confidence that they [leaders] will come [for talks]", he told reporters at the airport. But with this decision of Mannargudi family's seclusion brewing among ministers, reaction of TTV Dinakaran will play a pivotal role in AIADMK's future course.

AIADMK sources said that the decision to "keep out" Sasikala and Dinakaran was taken during a meeting held at the residence of Chief Minister E.K. Palaniswami, and attended by 12 Ministers, six MLAs and two MPs.

According to a report in NDTV, Panneerselvam's faction AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) has also asked the AIADMK (Amma) to inform the Election Commission that Sasikala and her nephew Dhinakaran are not the heads of the party anymore. "But if there are elections, Panneerselvam will definitely win".

However, in a development this week, a merger is on the cards after Chief Minister EK Palaniswami's camp held an impromptu meeting to discuss the political situation.

The Palanisamy government propped up by Dinakaran so far, has a tenuous majority with 122 MLAs in a Assembly of 234 members.

In the troubled waters of Tamil Nadu politics, the latest name to cause ripples is that of TTV Dinakaran's.

Panneerselvam also wants the Palaniswami government to recommend a CBI probe to go into the circumstances that led to Jayalalithaa's death in December past year. The main reason for the friction was the dual authority with the party general secretary having a say in governance, a legacy from Jayalalithaa's era.

It will also have to decide who should be general secretary and whether his role vis -vis the Chief Minister should be redefined.

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