Dinakaran returns; meets Sasikala, MLAs; trouble for EPS

Published: 12:24 GMT, Jun 6, 2017 |

A day after AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran met aunt and party chief V K Sasikala in Bengaluru jail, 21 party MLAs from the Edapaddi Palaniswani (EPS) camp met Dinakaran at his residence today.

The meeting spells trouble for Chief Minister E Palanaswami as speculations are rife that several MLAs from his camp may support Dinakaran.

After the meeting, V P Kalairajan, a Dinakaran supporter, said, “There is no third front. TTV Dinakaran is still the deputy general secretary. He has been falsely implicated”.

Dinakaran was released on bail from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on June 1 in a case of allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to win the AIADMK’s two-leaves symbol.

Ahead of his meeting with Sasikala at the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru, Dinakaran had said that a section of state ministers had revolted against him due to “some fears”.

The return of Dinakaran in Tamil Nadu and Tamil Nadu politics has exposed the rift in the AIADMK (Amma) faction. He recently said that he will continue to work for the party–the statement is in contrast to his earlier stand that he would stay away from party affairs.

The current EPS government has 122 MLAs in the 235-member Assembly after O Panneerselvam camp chose to defect. If more MLAs leave the EPS camp, it would bring down the government.