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Number of MLAs backing TTV Dhinakaran goes up

Vriddhachalam MLA Kalaiselvan switches to Dhinakaran camp and the number of dissenting MLAs owing allegiance to side-lined general secretary VK Sasikala turns 21.

Published: 26th August 2017 01:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th August 2017 07:27 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: As politics in Tamil Nadu remains in a state of flux leading to calls for floor test getting louder, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao is expected to reach Chennai on Saturday. Though Rao is coming ahead of the visit of Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, the continuing churn in the ruling party is reaching a proportion that is impossible for the Governor to ignore.

Raising concerns within the ruling camp, yet another MLA, VT Kalaiselvan, representing Vriddhachalam, declared support to ousted deputy general secretary of the AIADMK TTV Dhinakaran. This has taken the total number of dissenting MLAs owing allegiance to side-lined general secretary VK Sasikala and her family members including nephew Dhinakaran to 21.

Speaking to the media after meeting Dhinakaran at his Adyar residence, Kalaiselvan said more MLAs would turn to Dhinakaran in the next two days. It was Sasikala who chose Edappadi K Palaniswami as the Chief Minister at Kuvathoor. “Now, he has joined hands with O Panneerselvam, who had betrayed the party and caused the freezing of Two Leaves symbol.  The AIADMK cadre will not forgive those who betrayed the party,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dhinankaran continued to reshuffle party office-bearers. On Friday, he removed  Higher Education Minister KP Anbazhagan as  Dharmapuri district secretary.  Anbalagan is the fifth AIADMK minister to be stripped of party post by Dhinakaran. Two days ago, Dhinakaran removed four ministers from party posts in a bid to assert his authority in the AIADMK (Amma). He had appointed a number of his supporters, including MLAs, to various posts. Besides, he also dropped V. Marudaraj, Dindigul district secretary and bifurcated the Dindigul district unit into two and appointed new office-bearers.

Dhinakaran appointed R Thangadurai, MLA, and KP Nallasamy as secretaries of Dindigul East and West units. Reshuffling the party’s doctors wing, he relieved S Muthiah and Lok Sabha MP P Venugopal as its president and secretary respectively.

Dhinakaran elevated the doctor wing’s joint secretary K Kathirkamu, MLA, presently camping at Puducherry with other MLAs supporting Dhinakaran, as president of the wing. Muthiah, an AIADMK MLA from Paramakudi, would be the medical wing secretary. All appointments were being made with the approval of AIADMK general secretary Sasikala, Dhinakaran said.

Supporters of Dhinakaran said he would be visiting Tirupur via Coimbatore on Saturday to attend a family function of former MP Sivasamy. He is also expected to hold discussions with his supporters at Tirupur.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam held lengthy discussions with senior ministers regarding the developments in the party. As politics in Tamil Nadu remains in a state of flux leading to calls for floor test getting louder, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao is expected to reach Chennai on Saturday. Though Rao is coming ahead of the visit of Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, the continuing churn in the ruling party is reaching a proportion that is impossible for the Governor to ignore.

Raising concerns within the ruling camp, yet another MLA, VT Kalaiselvan, representing Vriddhachalam, declared support to ousted deputy general secretary of the AIADMK TTV Dhinakaran. This has taken the total number of dissenting MLAs owing allegiance to side-lined general secretary VK Sasikala and her family members including nephew Dhinakaran to 21.

Speaking to the media after meeting Dhinakaran at his Adyar residence, Kalaiselvan said more MLAs would turn to Dhinakaran in the next two days. It was Sasikala who chose Edappadi K Palaniswami as the Chief Minister at Kuvathoor. “Now, he has joined hands with O Panneerselvam, who had betrayed the party and caused the freezing of Two Leaves symbol.  The AIADMK cadre will not forgive those who betrayed the party,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dhinankaran continued to reshuffle party office-bearers. On Friday, he removed  Higher Education Minister KP Anbazhagan as  Dharmapuri district secretary.  Anbalagan is the fifth AIADMK minister to be stripped of party post by Dhinakaran. Two days ago, Dhinakaran removed four ministers from party posts in a bid to assert his authority in the AIADMK (Amma). He had appointed a number of his supporters, including MLAs, to various posts.

Besides, he also dropped V. Marudaraj, Dindigul district secretary and bifurcated the Dindigul district unit into two and appointed new office-bearers.

Dhinakaran appointed R Thangadurai, MLA, and KP Nallasamy as secretaries of Dindigul East and West units. Reshuffling the party’s doctors wing, he relieved S Muthiah and Lok Sabha MP P Venugopal as its president and secretary respectively.

Dhinakaran elevated the doctor wing’s joint secretary K Kathirkamu, MLA, presently camping at Puducherry with other MLAs supporting Dhinakaran, as president of the wing. Muthiah, an AIADMK MLA from Paramakudi, would be the medical wing secretary. All appointments were being made with the approval of AIADMK general secretary Sasikala, Dhinakaran said.

Supporters of Dhinakaran said he would be visiting Tirupur via Coimbatore on Saturday to attend a family function of former MP Sivasamy. He is also expected to hold discussions with his supporters at Tirupur.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam held lengthy discussions with senior ministers regarding the developments in the party.

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