The warring AIADMK factions in Tamil Nadu are likely to plan a merger as they look for ways to avert certain defeat in the next round of elections, amidst a chorus of protests from within and outside the party factions over the open abuse of democracy by the ruling party. "Since he has not been a member of the party for five years, he can not hold any post in the party", the resolution said, pointing to Dinakaran's expulsion from primary membership of the party by late CM Jayalalithaa in December 2011. Both he and the CM attended Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu's oath-taking ceremony on Friday morning.
O Panneerselvam, former CM of TN had earlier raised his agitation against Sasikala when she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case. The decision to remove Dinakaran was taken by Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palanisami.
Dhinakaran has faced a challenge from senior AIADMK leaders ever since he was was named deputy general secretary by his aunt Sasikala, who is now lodged in a Bengaluru prison after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case.
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OPS also wants ousting of Sasikala's family in written and a CBI inquiry into Jayalalitha's death. For the first time, Panneerselvam indicated that the merger efforts could see the light of the day when he said any decision on unification would keep in mind the "aspirations and wishes of the cadre". The party is also losing the support of the people the DMK leader alleged. Although nobody knows the depth of their resources, it may be easily surmised that they are in it for the long haul because they don't have another choice.
Rules stipulate a gap of six months between moving no-confidence motions in the assembly. Probably, the BJP wouldn't mind the government falling and going to fresh elections although the risks are very high because the present government is highly unpopular.
BJP national secretary H Raja said he did not wish to comment on claims that his party was trying to stabilise the situation. While its mission has already been accomplished in Bihar, things could soon get a push in Tamil Nadu where the virtually leaderless AIADMK (just opposite to the ego tussle of two heavyweight leaders in Bihar) has little option other than accepting Modi's supremacy to stay relevant.