T T V Dhinakaran to showcase strength at Madurai today

Expelled general secretary T T V Dhinakaran is gearing up for a show of strength at a public meeting in Madurai on Monday.

Published: 14th August 2017 01:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2017 07:12 AM   |  A+A-

Dinkaran had earlier announced that he would be going to the AIADMK headquarters here but later changed his plans and announced that he would tour the state.

AIADMK deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran said he would wait for 60 days and then would enter active politics. (Ashwin Prasath | EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: At a time when the two major factions of the AIADMK are trying to sort out their differences, expelled general secretary T T V Dhinakaran is gearing up for a show of strength at a public meeting in Madurai on Monday.

On Thursday last, Dhinakaran was shown the door through a resolution adopted by the ruling faction led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. The resolution came after he poked the chief minister by unilaterally appointing 60 office-bearers to the party, including 20 legislators. Dhinakaran’s aggro gave Palaniswami a handle to put him in place and send a message to the O Panneerselvam camp that he has reached a milestone in their mutual quest for the merger.

A few months ago, Panneerselvam too had gone on a mass contact programme and drawn decent crowds.
The Dhinakaran group hopes to exploit the confusion in a section of the cadre and get them to their side. “The party has been dormant for the past one year. The cadre seem to be in a state of inaction. So we want to awaken them by holding public meetings,” claimed legislator Thanga Tamilselvam, a staunch supporter of Dhinakaran.

R Samy, former MLA, who is heading the organising committee of the meeting to commemorate party founder M G Ramachandran’s (MGR) birth centenary, said the Madurai meeting would be a show of strength.

“They (EPS faction) are holding the MGR centenary as a government programme. We are holding it on behalf of the party. The meeting will surely be a turning point,” he said.

Dhinakaran is scheduled to address similar events in north Chennai on August 23 and Theni on August 29.

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