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Dinakaran Faction Says He is not Seeking Tamil Nadu CM Post

Earlier, Sasikala's Mannargudi-based brother V Divakaran had also backed Dhanapal to become the Chief Minister, with Dhinakaran leading the charge against Palaniswami.


Updated:August 24, 2017, 5:11 PM IST
Dinakaran Faction Says He is not Seeking Tamil Nadu CM Post
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Chennai/Puducherry: Pressing for the ouster of Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami and his deputy Panneerselvam, the TTV Dinakaran-led camp in AIADMK in ruling AIADMK on Thursday, however, said that he didn't seek the top post.

P Vetrivel, loyalist of jailed AIADMK chief VK Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran, told reporters in Chennai that candidature of any other person, including Speaker P Dhanapal, for the CM's post was agreeable to them.

In neighbouring Puducherry, the 18 MLAs loyal to Dinakaran stayed put at a resort amid tight security.

"He (Dhinakaran) is not even an MLA. He doesn't desire to be chief minister. He is not running the party with any such intentions," Vetrivel told reporters outside the residence of Dhinakaran.

Earlier, Sasikala's Mannargudi-based brother V Divakaran had also backed Dhanapal to become the Chief Minister, with Dhinakaran leading the charge against Palaniswami.

To a question, Vetrivel said the demand of his camp was to remove Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.

The Dhinakaran camp had revolted a day after the factions led by Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam patched-up.

Vetrivel also said some "corrupt ministers" should "get out".

"Chief minister and corrupt ministers, get out," he said without naming anyone.

Training his guns on Panneerselvam, the legislator said he had levelled corruption charges against the government and took the fight for AIADMK's two leaves symbol to the Election Commission, and wondered why he was now part of the cabinet.

Vetrivel sought an "explanation" from Palaniswami for the merger of his Amma faction with that of Panneerselvam.

To a question, he indicated the Dhinakaran faction had no intention of pulling down the AIADMK government.

"We have said nowhere that we will vote against this government. Change the chief minister and explain the reason behind Panneerselvam's induction," he said.

Vetrivel claimed some more MLAs and ministers were in talks with the Dhinakaran faction but declined to reveal names.

Earlier in the day, Dhinakaran supporters burnt posters of Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam, recently 'expelled' by Dhinakaran from the party, besides that of Puducherry unit of unified AIADMK, Om Sakthi Segar.

Segar had yesterday led a protest outside the resort in Puducherry where Dhinakaran camp MLAs are staying.

Also, supporters of Vaithilingam had clashed with those of Dhinakaran in Thanjavur recently.

Meanwhile, police was deployed in strength outside the resort, where the 18 MLAs from Dhinakaran camp are staying, in the coastal village of Chinna Veerampattinam in Ariyankuppam commune Panchayat limits near here.

Some of the legislators who spoke to the media while taking a walk pointed out that they were all enjoying a "free atmosphere" and were "united".

Andipatti MLA Thangatamilselvan of the Dhinakaran faction, said "there is a wrong image about us being projected in a section of tshe media. The fact is that we are all here to project the correct picture that we all remain united," he said.

Iron barricades were placed across the entry point on the side lane leading to the resort to restrict visitors.

Meanwhile, Perundurai AIADMK MLA and former Minister Thopu D Venkatachalam, originally a supporter of Dhinakaran, said he now "continues to be in the AIADMK".

Speaking to reporters, he urged Palaniswami to hold consultations with all stakeholders to end the impasse.

(With PTI inputs)

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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