Chennai: Intensifying his fight against the Chief Minister K Palaniswamy led camp, beleaguered AIADMK (Amma) deputy chief TTV Dinakaran on Wednesday claimed there was no link between the state government and the party.
He alleged that some ministers and office-bearers were working to "capture the party through the back door" and asked them to reform themselves.
It is true that the incumbent (led by Palaniswamy) regime in Tamil Nadu was put in place by party general secretary VK Sasikala, he told reporters here to a question on allegations by actor Kamal Haasan against the government.
In the same breath, he added: "However, there is no link between the party (AIADMK-Amma) and the government."
By making this dramatic assertion, the beleaguered leader has taken his fight against the chief minister's camp several notches up, reinforcing his stand that the party and cadres are behind him and that Palaniswamy does not enjoy the support of the party rank.
At a time when there are expectations that Palaniswamy camp would soon join hands with former chief minister and rebel leader Panneerselvam's group, Dinakaran said only Palaniswamy has to respond to charges against the government.
Earlier, Kamal Haasan had virtually called for Palaniswamy's resignation over alleged corruption.
Dinakaran said that at a time when allegations were continuously being levelled against the government, those at the helm did not have the courage to face it.
"Hence some ministers and functionaries are working to divert attention. They are also trying to capture the party through the back door," he said and recalled his view that they should either give it up, or they would be reformed.
Recalling a recent resolution against him, Dinakaran said the Palaniswamy camp has claimed it to be true and valid.
In its 10 August resolution, the Palaniswamy camp had delegitimised Dinakaran's appointment as AIADMK Deputy General Secretary, sending signals that the chief minister's camp would go in for a rapprochement with the Panneerselvam faction.
Giving a veiled threat to nudge the Palaniswamy camp to join hands with him, Dinakaran said, "They should ponder about these allegations and take the right path, the path laid by Amma and if they do not do that they will for sure face danger (to the government)."
Updated Date: Aug 16, 2017 19:03 PM