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AIADMK in turmoil: From Dinakaran FIR to ouster, key developments so far

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New Delhi: The uncertainty within All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) took a new turn on Wednesday with deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran coming to terms with his and general secretary V.K. Sasikala’s marginalisation within Tamil Nadu’s ruling party.

Although the status on the expulsion of the Sasikala-Dinakaran is not clear, but the senior ministers and party leaders have confirmed that they will not be allowed to interfere in the party affairs.

Meanwhile, the warring factions within AIADMK seem to be making progress on a potential merger although there is no clarity over who will lead the party and the government. The former chief minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam, however, has put on conditions to any possible merger, including his reinstatement.

Here are the major developments that have taken place within the AIADMK so far:

■ Just minutes after claiming that there was no opposition for him from the party, Dinakaran said he has stepped aside and has no regrets to be sidelined. After Dinakaran’s announcement, Panneerselvam said that keeping away the Sasikala family from the AIADMK is the first victory. Read more

■ Decision to keep away Dhinakaran’s family from AIADMK is first success in our ‘dharma yudh’: Panneerselvam. (PTI)

■ On Tuesday night, following discussions with Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, minister for finance and fisheries D. Jayakumar had said, “V.K. Sasikala, her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran and her family would be sidelined from the party affairs, as this is the wish of the 1.5 cadres of AIADMK and the people of Tamil Nadu.”

■ On Tuesday, the Delhi police issued a lookout notice against Dinakaran, accused of bribing an Election Commission official to get the coveted “two leaves” symbol for his faction of the AIADMK party. Read more

■ The Delhi police filed an FIR against Dinakaran on Monday for allegedly trying to bribe EC officials with Rs50 crore in exchange for the party’s frozen ‘two leaves’ symbol.

■ The Crime Branch had earlier arrested an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar, in connection with the matter. Chandrashekhar had told Dinakaran that he has contacts in the Election Commission who will help the Sasikala faction get the AIADMK’s poll symbol of two leaves for bypolls to the R K Nagar assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.

■ The police got on Chadrashekhar’s trail after they received a tip-off from an informer about certain Election Commission officials being approached. It has been learnt that he had struck a deal for Rs50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the “two leaves” symbol, said an officer privy to the probe.

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