EPS faction moves a step closer to AIADMK merger, Dinakaran faces setback, Sasikala untouched

Chennai, Aug 10: Moving a step closer to the rebel faction led by O Panneerselvam ahead of the rumoured merger, the ruling faction of AIADMK headed by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami passed a resolution against party deputy general secretary and VK Sasikala’s nephew, TTV Dinakaran, by declaring recent party appointments he made last week null and void.
However, sources in the OPS camp said their conditions are still not met – removal of Sasikala, her family members including Dinakaran from the party and a probe into the death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
When the resolution signed by top leaders in the ruling faction has clearly taken a decision cancelling all appointments made by Dinakaran, it restrained from expelling him and Sasikala from the party – the main demand of the OPS camp. While leaving the post of Sasikala untouched, terming it as an interim arrangement, the resolution said the appointment of Dinakaran as deputy general secretary, who was expelled from the party once by Jayalalithaa, is not acceptable. (Agencies)