TTV Dinakaran concedes defeat as AIADMK shuns out him and Sasikala

Dinakaran's Middleman Tried to Bribe EC, Confesses Arrested Aide

Dinakaran's Middleman Tried to Bribe EC, Confesses Arrested Aide

Dhinakaran has convened a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai today.

The Delhi Police had last night served summons to him in the case.

Bengaluru-based Sukesh was arrested by Delhi police from a hotel on Monday on charges of bribing Election Commission of India officials for getting the "two leaves" symbol for Dinakaran's AIADMK faction for the by-election in RK Nagar. More importantly, the Amma AIADMK Party and government would still be under the grip of Sasikala family and refuse to shed the Mannargudi clan links.

His supporters, including senior leaders such as Nanjil Sampath and Tamil Magan Hussein, held discussions with him, though Dhinakaran chose not to meet waiting mediapersons despite initial indications that he would address them.

The Panneerselvam faction also urged the state government to send a formal request for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the death of then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

On Thursday, following a meeting of MLAs and MPs, who pledged allegiance to former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, senior leader KP Munusamy announced that there could be no talks until Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran submitted their resignations.

The tax raids on Health Minister Vijayabhaskar threw up evidence that Dinakaran planned to spend Rs 89 crore to secure his win and this led to the cancellation of the election itself.

Hours later, Thambidurai's reply was met with scorn by Munusamy, who lashed out at the Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker, stating, "We never asked for Chief Minister or General Secretary post". "Let them (Sasikala faction) come out with official statements on the demands which we have made". The family might remain in the party even after Dhinakaran has left, with Sasikala's husband and other nephews joining the party later, he added.

Sasikala faction legislator Vetrivel questioned how a group of ministers discussed a patch-up without the consent of party Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran, a nephew of Sasikala.

The dramatic fall of T T V Dhinakaran had the BJP's signature written all over, but it could be rivalry within Sasikala's family that put the final nail in the coffin of his political career.

The problem began when she tried to become Chief Minister.

Following her imprisonment, her loyalists elected Edappadi Palaniswami as Chief Minister. And it is all so that the united entity gets back the Two Leaves election symbol with which it has scored several victories before.

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