VK Sasikala sets 2-month unity deadline for party workers

Cheryl Sanders
June 6, 2017

He said top party functionaries and ministers started deliberations following Dhinakaran's assertion on June 3 that he will continue party work.

A court on Monday issued notice to Delhi Police's Crime Branch on the bail plea of an alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar in the cash for election symbol case, involving AIADMK leader and party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala's nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran.

"Dinakaran today met Sasikala at our prison". "For the next two months, I will not interfere in the party affairs but I will be back after that".

According to sources, Sasikala and Dhinakaran discussed the political developments in Tamil Nadu and the Centre. Let them complete the merger, we will give them time.

Jayakumar said Dinakaran should stick to the assurance he had made in April to keep away from party.

"I was away because of this problem in Delhi", the AIADMK deputy general secretary said, a clear hint that he meant to become active in party affairs again.

He was scheduled to meet Sasikala to "apprise" her of the "situation after 45 days", he said in an apparent reference to his being lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi in connection with the bribery case.

Dinakaran is back again making the news. He has not been removed from the party and only the party general secretary has the authority to do so.

A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to Dinakaran and his aide Mallikarjun over allegedly bribing the Election Commission officials for the party's two leaves symbol. Meanwhile, municipal administration minister S P Velumani said that it was chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami who only could decide whether Dinakaran would continue to function in the office of AIADMK.

"We are leading Amma's government without anybody being in the background there is no doubt about it", he said.

Finance Minister D Jayakumar suggested Mr Dinakaran's homecoming to the party was going to be a lot more complicated than taking a flight to Chennai.

Though he affirmed that "no party leader will meet Dhinakaran", some ruling party MLAs were seen with him during his Bengaluru visit.

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