Panneerselvam calls Sasikala removal 'first win' after Dinakaran says won't fight 'what party wants'

TTV Dinakaran says he does not want to be the reason behind a split in AIADMK and that he's okay with the party's decision to remove him, 'if that's what they want'.

After a dramatic night which saw the ouster of TTV Dinakaran, VK Sasikala and family from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam AIADMK, Tamil Nadu is all set for a fresh round of developments today.

Talking to media persons, Dinakaran hinted today that he might just accept his removal from the party.

"I am not going to be emotional. This is a cadre based organisation. Am not worried about being sidelined. If that is what they want, am okay with it," Dinakaran said. "I will never be the reason for a split in the party," he said.


Meanwhile, O Panneerselvam also addressed media, lauding VK Sasikala's removal from AIADMK. "Sasikala and her family have been ousted from AIADMK, this is our faction's first victory," said Panneerselvam.

Hinting that the two factions will now conduct talks on the merger of the two AIADMK factions, Panneerselvam said, "Both factions will talk to fulfil the aspirations of lakhs of party workers."

Here's a look at other updates from Tamil Nadu today:

Dinakaran cancels meeting with party members

Dinakaran had called on MLAs and District Secretaries for a meeting at the AIADMK headquarters in Royapettah at 3 PM today, but the meeting was cancelled just before noon.

Dinakaran had claimed he had support of "all DMK legislators" and there was speculation that he might attempt a Sasikala-style show of strength to challenge his ouster from the AIADMK, but he denied the rumors during todayhe had

Lookout notice against Dinakaran on bribery charges

Delhi Police has issued a lookout notice against TTV Dinakaran, in fresh trouble for the AIADMK (Amma) Deputy general secretary after his dramatic ouster from the party last night.

Officials have alerted all sea and airports with Dinakaran's details to ensure he doesn't leave the country. Immigration officials have also been instructed to alert police if Dhinakaran tries boarding a flight.

According to the report, police are hinting at Dinakaran's possible arrest for allegedly bribing a middleman to get AIADMK's two leaves symbol allotted to his faction.

Delhi Police had filed an FIR in the case on Sunday, after the middleman, Sukesh Chandrasekhar, was arrested from a five-star hotel in the Capital. Police recovered Rs 1.3 crore and two luxury cars from Chandrasekhar, who is accused of duping at least 500 Mumbaikars in a Rs 19 crore Ponzi scam.

REACTIONS

Thambidurai, AIADMK: We cannot change Chief Minister E Palanisami as he is chosen by the masses and OPS being a senior man will be part of it. In the interest of party unity and cadre, Dinakaran should quit. The decision to unite is based on that.

We feel Dinakaran and his family has contributed to the growth of the party. Let him decide, we do not want him to keep away.

Venkaiah Naidu, BJP: Neither BJP nor central government has any role or any interest in what is happening in AIADMK in TN. This is purely their internal matter.

Kanimozhi, DMK: The government has to go. We can't intervene in the internal politics of the party, but the people of Tamil Nadu are suffering.

TOP DEVELOPMENTS FROM TUESDAY

#1 In an unprecedented move, VK Sasikala and family was shown the exit door from AIADMK (Amma) on Monday after a long meeting at Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami's residence.

"Not one family can control AIADMK. We are ousting Sasikala and Mannargudi clan out of AIADMK," AIADMK (Amma) minister Jayakumar had said while announcing the ouster. Describing the party decision as unanimous Jayakumar had said, "It was based on views of all ministers including the chief minister, 123 MLAs, MPs and public."

We have decided to delink Ttv Dinakaran and his family from the party, a committee will run the party: D Jayakumar,TN Minister pic.twitter.com/mpP7Vpm4he

- ANI (@ANI_news) April 18, 2017

O Panneer his demand for the removal of "Amma betrayers" Sasikala and Dinakaran was met last night.