Dinakaran Served Midnight Summons by Delhi Police, Told to Appear on Saturday
File photo of TTV Dinakaran. (PTI)
New Delhi: The Delhi Police served summons to AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran late on Wednesday asking him to join the investigation into an alleged attempt to influence the battle over the party’s election symbol.
He has been asked to join the probe on Saturday at the office of the Delhi interstate crime branch.
Dinakaran, who had earlier in the day convened a meeting of the MLAs backing him, chickened out at the last moment, and called it off, apparently outnumbered by those arrayed against him.
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Senior ministers, including D Jayakumar and KA Sengottaiyan, who chairs the AIADMK presidium and had hitherto sided with Dinakaran, had questioned the beleaguered leader's locus standi to convene a meeting of legislators and the party's district secretaries.
Seeking to avoid any confrontation, Dinakaran said he had "stepped aside" last night itself "in the interest of the party".
He, however, claimed the rebellion against him was out of "fear".
"They (ministers) might have done this (revolt) due to some fear. Maybe there was some dissatisfaction against me. But I don't know," he told reporters.
He was apparently referring to the possible angst in the party following income tax raids at Health Minister C Vijayabaskar's premises ahead of the assembly bypoll to the RK Nagar seat which was countermanded following allegations of bribing and inducement of voters. Dinakaran was the party's nominee for the election.
Panneerselvam, a staunch loyalist of the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, has described the revolt against the Sasikala family as the "first success" of his "dharma yuddh" (holy war).
Though the Palaniswami and Panneerselvam camps have shown inclination for the merger of the two factions, there have not been any direct talks between them so far.
(With PTI inputs)
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