CHENNAI: Just ahead of leaving for Bangalore to surrender before the court following the Supreme Court verdict in the wealth case, AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala today appointed TTV Dinakaran, her nephew as deputy general secretary of the party. Dinakaran, former MP and Dr S Venkatesh, former secretary to youth brigade of the party, were among those expelled from the party along with Sasikala by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2011 for their anti-party activities.
Today's edition of the AIADMK mouthpiece, Namadhu MGR, carried an announcement of Sasikala that Dinakaran and Venkatesh had apologised for their activities in person and through letters and appealed to her readmit them in the party. Accepting their apologies, Sasikala appointed them as primary members of the party. A few hours after today’s edition of Namadhu MGR hit the stands, another announcement by Sasikala came in from the party headquarters, stating she had appointed Dinakaran as the deputy general secretary.
Interestingly, the post of deputy general secretary is being revived in the AIADMK after a long time. Obviously, Dinakaran will be the de facto general secretary of the party hereafter until Sasikala’s return to Chennai after her four-year imprisonment. Dr Venkatesh is also expected to get a party post soon.
On December 19, 2011, Jayalalithaa expelled the following members: VK Sasikala; M Natarajan, Sasikala’s husband; Diwakaran, Sasikala’s brother; TTV Dinakaran, V Bhaskaran and VN Sudhakaran, who are the sons of Sasikala's sister Vanithamani; Dr S Venkatesh, son of Sasikala’s elder brother Sundaravadanan; M Ramachandran, brother of Sasikala's husband Natarajan; Ravanan, son-in-law of Sasikala’s uncle, Kulothungan, who is also a relative of Natarajan; Rajarajan and Thangamani, relatives of both families; TV Mahadevan, son of Dr Vinodagan who is Sasikala’s brother; and MIDAS Mohan, a close friend of the Sasikala family.
After three months, Jayalalithaa re-admitted Sasikala into the party as a primary member and announced that the expulsion of others would continue. However, just after the death of Jayalalithaa, many of the relatives of Sasikala returned to Poes Garden. Significantly, when Sasikala met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao for staking claim to form the next government, Dinakaran sat next to Sasikala at Raj Bhavan.
Dinakaran first came to focus in 1988 when he started accompanying Jayalalithaa after the AIADMK split in the wake of the death of party founder MG Ramachandran. In 1990, however, he fell out of favour with Jayalalithaa because of his proximity to M Natarajan.
Dinakaran is also an accused in a FERA (Foreign Exchange Regulation Act) case. The Enforcement Directorate had initiated proceedings against him under FERA following unexplained deposits of huge sums of money in his bank accounts between 1991 and 1995.