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Stung by TN bypoll loss, ADMK sacks 9 of its pro-TTV cadre

| | Chennai

A day after AIADMK suffered an embarrassing defeat in the RK Nagar by-election necessitated by the death of J Jayalalithaa, the party struck back by sacking nine pro-TTV Dhinakaran functionaries for anti-party activities.

A meeting of the AIADMK leaders chaired by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who is also the convener of the coordinating committee overseeing the party administration, decided to remove P Vetrivel, MG Pathiban, M Rengasamy and Thangatamil Selvan from the official posts held by them.

The meeting also eased out the party’s public faces like CR Saraswathi, Nanjil Sampath, VP Kalairajan, V Muthiah and Pugazhenthi (the Karnataka unit secretary of the party) from their respective posts.

Addressing the media, Panneerselvam and Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said the leaders were being removed because they went against the party’s principles bringing disrepute to the AIADMK. “Party workers are requested not to have any truck with them,” OPS and EPS said in a joint statement released to the media. The sentences are straight lift from the statements used to be issued by late Jayalalithaa when she chose to oust leaders from the party for anti-party activities.

All the nine leaders/office-bearers had worked tirelessly for the success of TTV Dhinakaran, the rebel AIADMK leader, who humbled the official candidate of the party E Madhusudanan by a margin of 40,707 votes.

Saraswathy, who was ousted from the party on Monday, hinted that Dhinakaran faction was preparing for a showdown. “You wait for a couple of days and there definitely will be major developments in Tamil Nadu,” she said when asked about the future plans of Dhinakaran who remained incommunicado throughout the day.

Meanwhile, TTV Bhaskaran, the Mannargudi-based younger brother of Dhinakaran told reporters that the RK Nagar bypoll result proved that the people of Tamil Nadu wanted the Sasikala family to lead the AIADMK and Tamil Nadu.

V Divakaran, brother of the jailed VK Sasikala told reporters at Mannargudi that the RK Nagar result would be a turning point in Tamil Nadu’s political history. “Dhinakaran had lauded DMK leaders A Raja and Kanimozhi on their acquittal in the 2G Spectrum case. I had also fervently prayed for their release. What we need to think is how to keep the Northern Rulers at bay. They are using the division within us to gain ascendancy in the State,” said Divakaran, popularly known as Boss among followers and loyalists. The Boss also said that the Palaniswamy Government would not last more than three months.

The DMK, whose candidate lost the security deposit in the bypoll, has convened the meeting of its high power committee on December 29. Sources said that the meeting has been convened following differences of opinions among the top leadership about the strategy adopted by the party at RK Nagar. It is widely believed that the DMK transferred its votes en masse to Dhinakaran to hasten the process of disintegration of the AIADMK.

Thol Thirumavalavan, leader of the VCK and the new found ally of the DMK blamed the Dravidian party leadership for subdued campaigning at RK Nagar which resulted in Dhinakaran’s victory. Thirumavalavan also endorsed Dhinakaran as the true inheritor of Jayalalithaa’s legacy.



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