AIADMK row: Dinakaran loyalists meet Palaniswamy to discuss 'leadership issue'

Chennai: Legislators loyal to AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday met Chief Minister K Palaniswamy amid speculation that they took up the matter of "leadership issue" in the party.

MLAs, including Senthil Balaji, met Palaniswamy at the Secretariat.

File image of TTV Dinarakan. PTI

File image of TTV Dinarakan. PTI

Later in the evening, Palaniswamy convened a meeting in which ministers including D Jayakumar, district secretaries and other party functionaries participated.

An AIADMK Amma party release said the meeting chaired by Palaniswamy at party headquarters here deliberated on grand celebrations of the centenary of party founder and late chief minister MG Ramachandran.

Emerging out of the meeting, Jayakumar told reporters that the "review meet deliberated on celebration of MGR's centenary in a grand and not seen before manner across Tamil Nadu."

While Palaniswamy camp had reiterated recently that Dinakaran should continue to keep away from party affairs, the supporters of the party deputy chief had opposed it.

Dinakaran, who is now reportedly in Bengaluru, had recently said that jailed leader VK Sasikala had given 60 days time so that rival factions could merge. He had said that if the merger did not fructify, she had briefed him on what needs to be done.

Though Panneerselvam recently poured cold water on the merger proposal by disbanding a committee formed for the purpose saying people were not in favour of it, Palaniswamy camp had asked him to reconsider it.

Thursday's meetings come at a time when the AIADMK is facing fresh trouble after SS Saravanan, a party MLA belonging to the dissident faction led by Panneerselvam, purportedly made some claims in a TV 'sting' operation about alleged pay-offs to ruling party MLAs ahead of the 18 February trust vote that was won by Palaniswamy.

The MLA, however, has later clarified that it was him in the video footage aired by the TV channel, but the voice was not his.

Opposition DMK had tried to raise the issue in the ongoing assembly session in the past two days but was denied permission by the Speaker.

Updated Date: Jun 15, 2017 22:07 PM

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