CHENNAI: In a long expected move that was still stunning in its impact, the ruling AIADMK faction ousted deputy general secretary TTV' Dhinakaran from the post and nullified the recent appointments he made, fulfilling a key demand raised by the rebel faction before coming to the merger negotiation table.
Meeting at the party headquarters on Chennai on Thursday morning, the faction led by Chief Minister 'Edappadi' K Palaniswami unanimously adopted a resolution that termed Dhinakaran's appointment as the deputy general secretary - the de facto leader after his aunt and general secretary VK Sasikala was imprisoned in disproportionate assets case - was in violation of party rules.
The AIADMK (Amma) faction didn't mete out the same treatment to his aunt Sasikala, but the intent to sideline was clear.
Though Sasikala was appointed as general secretary after the demise of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, she is unable to function due to some extraordinary situation, the resolution noted. Following this, the office bearers appointed by Jayalalithaa are guiding the party and government affairs.
Dhinakaran was expelled from the party on December 19, 2011. His admission into the party on February 14, 2017, and his appointment as deputy general secretary on the next day are violative of party rule 30 (V); since he has not been a member of the party for five years, he cannot hold any post in the party.
Further, the Election Commission also rejected Dhinakaran's claim as deputy general secretary, the resolution pointed out.
Cadres should reject the appointments he made in the recent days - all 60 of them at various levels - as they are not binding on the party, it said.
Through this, the AIADMK (Amma) has effectively fulfilled one of the two key demands of AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) led by O Panneerselvam - that Sasikala's family should be kept away from the affairs of the party and government.