In a major shock for VK Sasikala, several state ministers met to discuss the merger between her and O Pannerselvam-led factions last night. At least 25 ministers of the E Palaniswami Government reported having met on the issue. As per reports, Sasikala’s deputy TTV Dinakaran was absent from the meeting as he was reportedly away in Bengaluru. After the meeting state minister D Jayakumar welcomed the OPS’ recent statement of merging the two factions together, a report by ANI has said. As per Time Now report, the two sides are likely to merge with EPS may continue to stay as chief minister. Meanwhile, the DMK has been quoted in media as saying that that merger of the two factions may not be successful as they are “power-mongers”.
Here are live updates
12: 01 AM: People stop a supporter of TTV Dinakaran, trying to self-immolate in front of his house.
11: 38 PM: Delhi police team leaves TTV Dinakaran’s residence after issuing summons to him over alleged bribe for ‘Two leaves’ symbol case
11: 20 PM: Delhi police reaches TTV Dinakaran’s residence to summon him for joining probe over alleged bribe for ‘Two leaves’ symbol case
10:22 PM: Dinakaran ‘Two leaves’ symbol case: Delhi police crime branch team reaches Chennai with notice to join the investigation.
10: 20 PM: 124 MLAs voted for Palaniswami, therefore there is no question of CM change: M Thambidurai, AIADMK when asked will OPS be CM after merger
4:30 pm: Middleman Sukesh’s lawyer said he was beaten by cops.
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3:40 pm: A team of Delhi crime branch to leave for Chennai to summon TTV Dinakaran, reported Times Now.
2:50 pm: TTV Dhinakaran has virtually questioned the need for the lookout notice issued by the Delhi Police in a bribery case, saying as his passport “is in court” for 20 years how could he flee the country, reported news agency PTI.
2:05 pm: TTV Dinakaran extended his heartfelt gratitude to all his party office-bearers and cadres who had extended their full-fledged support to him, reported news agency ANI
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1:25 pm: The AIADMK MLAs meet called by the Deputy General Secretary, TTV Dinakaran has been called off, reported India Today.
12:40 pm: Talking to media, MK Stalin said they met Tamil Nadu Speaker and demanded an immediate assembly session. He added that they was waiting to meet the chief minister but he did not meet them. Raising the issue of the suffering of protesting Tamil Nadu farmers, he said they are protesting in Delhi, so we want to convene an assembly session to discuss the issue.
12:17 pm: DMK working president MK Stalin submitted a memorandum to Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker demanding fresh trust vote, reported Times Now.
12:10 pm: O Panneerselvam said this is his faction’s first victory that Sasikala and her family have been ousted from the party and added that they have won the fight for justice. Talking to media, he said that both the factions of AIADMK will talk to fulfil the aspirations of lakhs of party workers.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 19, 2017
12:08 pm: Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D. Jayakumar and other AIADMK leaders and politicos on Wednesday have confirmed that former general secretary VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran will no longer interfere in party affairs
12:05 pm: DMK leader Sarvanan hit out at AIADMK on Wednesday saying its leaders are making a mockery of every authority that exists, reports news agency ANI.
11:58 am: Asked about resigning from the party, TTV Dinakaran said he has stepped aside in the interest of party so the question of resigning doesn’t arise. However, he added that he will have to consult Sasikala on resigning as she appointed him as Deputy General Secretary. Dinkaran also said he has no problem with the possible merger of AIADMK factions if it benefits the party.
11:35 am: TTV Dinakaran said that the revolt against him could have been due to some fears, reported news agency PTI. The leader said he has “no regret on being sidelined” because he does not have any expectations and added he was “neither sad nor upset.”
11:20 am: The ruling AIADMK’s Amma faction leader TTV Dhinakaran convened a meeting of party MLAs on Wednesday. The rival O Panneerselvam camp also holds a meeting separately to discuss the future course of action.
10:55 am: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tamil Nadu political tussle said he wishes that keeping the memory of J Jayalalithaa, they should stay united and work for the welfare of the people of the state.
10:40 am: Here is what TTV Dinakaran told media this morning:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 19, 2017
10:18 am: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said neither BJP nor Central government has any role or any interest in what is happening in AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. It is purely their internal matter.
10:00 am: Yesterday, AIADMK leader and state Finance Minister D. Jayakumar announced that V.K. Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran were decided to be ‘delinked’ from the party.
9:45 am: According to the reports by Times Now, TTV Dinakaran told the channel he will take the best decision.
9:31 am: Delhi police have also informed Immigration department about the development.
9:30 am: Delhi Police issues a look out notice against TTV Dinakaran.
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7:35 am: TTV Dinakaran calls meeting of MLAs and District Secretaries at AIADMK headquarter in Royapettah, at 3 PM, says ANI report.
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1:20 am: TTV Dinakaran gave new direction to the AIADMK, will never be bogged down by the pressure imposed by BJP:Nanzhil Sampath,Dinakaran supporter
11:05pm: Five MLAs including Thanga Tamil Selvan and P. Vetrivel at TTV Dinakaran’s residence
9:50 pm: AIADMK is said to form a panel to look into the party affairs. Decision ‘unanimous’ and based on the views of all Ministers, including Chief Minister, MLAs, MPs, public: Jayakumar, reported PTI.
9:48 pm: Panel to be formed for day-to-day functioning of AIADMK, says Jayakumar after the meeting held at CM E K Palaniswami’s residence.
9:43 pm: 122 MLA asked for Sasikala and family ouster, reported India Today TV.
9:40 pm: A panel is said to be formed to taking ahead the merger talks, reports India Today TV.
9:30 pm: Hours after O Panneerselvam’s demand of ousting Sasikala and her family’s ouster, TN minister D Jayakumar said, “We have decided to delink Ttv Dinakaran and his family from the party, a committee will run the party.”
7:40 pm: Commenting on OPS camp’s demand to remove Sasikala and her family from AIADMK, Thanga Tamil Selvan, MLA, Sasikala camp said, “Won’t accept any condition for talks, there cannot be any demands to remove Sasikala and Dinakaran.”
5:15 pm: Congress spokesperson Tom Vaddakan said if the merger was being done to win the RK Nagar by-election then it was unfortunate and won’t help the AIADMK.
5:01 pm: BJP general secretary Murlidhar Rao terms the AIADMK factionalism as an ‘alarming’ development. Speaking to ANI he said that after the death of J Jayalalithaa, the people of the state are deprived of development for which they voted the AIADMK to power.
4:46 pm: Sasikala faction MLA Vetrivel has questioned how a group of ministers discussed a patch-up without discussing with party deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran, an IANS report has said.
4:25 pm: The state government has put all its focus on grabbing money and power, the DMK had said yesterday.
4:05 pm: Yesterday, the DMK had said that the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu is corrupt, which is least bothered the people
3:50 pm: Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja has said that whether Dinakaran will be taken under the custody for questioning that will take time, law takes its course.
3:39 pm: CM Palaniswami has stressed for unity in taking the AIADMK and its government in the state forward, senior party leader K A Sengottaiyan has said.
3:22 pm: Tainted Dinakaran refuses to quit his post, reported India Today TV.
3:07 pm: The Madras High Court has granted granted anticipatory bail to son and brother of O Panneerselvam in a rioting case related to the RK Nagar Assembly by-poll campaign, a report by PTI has said.
2:52 pm: Delhi Police files FIR against Dinakarn for trying to bribe EC officials for two-leave symbol, says Times Now report.
2:35 pm: OPS camp’s demand to sack, Sasikala, Dinakaran can’t be made, NDTV quotes E Palaniswami camp as saying
2:25 pm: Sasikala & her family have to be kept away, directly or indirectly they shouldn’t have any role within the party, says KC Palanisamy, OPS camp leader.
2:15 pm: No demands made by OPS till now, he only said he wants to work unitedly. We are ready to talk whenever he wants to: Tamil Nadu minister C Ve Shanmugam.
2:00 pm: OPS-EPS merger talks hit roadblock after, Panneerselvam demands the removal of Sasikala as pre-conditions, a report by Times Now has said.
1:57 pm: People of the state and the AIADMK factions have realised their blunders and now they are discussing merger to emerge as one entity, he says.
1:39 pm: “It was a shocking disclosure. Dinakaran, the relative of Sasikala, attempted to bribe the EC official to get ‘Two Leaves’. In a very short time, Dinakaran has taken the Tamil Nadu politics to the new low,” BJP’s S Prakash was quoted as saying by ANI.
1:25 pm: With TTV Dinakaran in the dock for allegedly trying to bribe, election commission yesterday, several political parties have condemned his action, saying he degraded the Tamil Nadu politics.
1:14 pm: On February 7, the party had suffered after OPanneerselvam alleged that he was forced by Sasikala to resign as chief minister to make way for her.
1:07 pm: During the election campaigning in RK Nagar many malpractices were done, Rs. 4000 offered to voters, he says.
1:01 pm: We have submitted all this to Election Commission yesterday and asked to inquire into matter: OPS
12:56 pm: Dinakaran was not even member of the party till Amma’s demise, elections for office-bearers of AIADMK was itself illegal: O Panneerselvam.
12:54 pm: Election of Sasakilala as AIADMK general secretary was against party rules, he says.
12:52 pm: Party should not be under a family’s influence, says O Panneerselvam.
12:49 pm: Will continue to follow ‘amma’s’ path, he says.
12:48 PM: Jayalalithaa had kept “Team Sasikala out”, he says
12:47 pm: Make J Jayalalithaa’s medical record public, he demands.
12:45 pm: O Panneerselvam hold press conference, says, “Saving Amma’s legacy is our priority’; asks both factions to unite.
12:35 pm: Finance Minister Jayakumar says there was no such development on demands for removal of Sasikala and Dhinakaran from the party posts, the agency says.
12:24 pm: Both factions likely to meet today evening to discuss formula for prospects of merger, PTI quoted party sources as saying.
12:16 pm: Am hurt. Governance has come to a standstill: DMK working president MK Stalin
12:03 pm: As per ANI, it has also emerged that Sukesh has a history of crime. He was arrested at the age of 17 in connection with a scam in Bengaluru Development Authority. He was also accused of duping around several people of around Rs. 50 crore by posing as a relative of politicians.
11:56 am: There are no talks on the issue of TTV Dinakaran and Sasikala, nor did OPS faction raise any question on the same: KA Sengottaiyan.
11:52 am: The step to reunite the party as come with RK Nagar by poll in mind, says Times Now.
11:49 am: Sasi camp spokesperson says no demands have been made by O Pannerselvam as of now.
11:44 am: After meet in morning Sasikala camp says ‘it is important for the party to stay united’. TTV Dinakaran told about ‘sentiment of party’, said spokesperson.
11:41 am: TTV Dinakaran to resign as AIADMK deputy general secretary.
11:30 am: As per Hindustan Times report, the OPS faction has set the condition for talks that Sasikala must step down from her post as party general secretary.
11:19 am: Delhi police crime branch postpones Chennai visit saying probe in Delhi needs to be completed first.
11:15 am: Core issue with both of us remains symbol of ‘two leaves’. In order to retrieve the symbol both factions must work unitedly: Sellur Raju.
11:12 am: Yesterday OPS had said that there were possibilities that both factions could sit together and talk to iron out differences, he says.
10 am: A team consisting of senior mins formed by us for the process of merger of 2 factions. We are brothers from same family: Tamil Nadu MinisterSellur Raju.
11:08 am: Delhi Police to take Sukesh Chandrashekhar to confront Dinakaran, a Times Now report has said.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 18, 2017
11:05 am: Dinakar proposes new formula in meeting with state ministers. He suggests Sasikala to remain as party general secretary, with OPS as deputy general secretary.
11:01 am: Apart from O Pnneerselvam, K Pandiarajan is also like to be inducted in Tamil Nadu cabinet, a report by ‘Times Now’ has said.
10:59 AM: The Delhi Police Crime Branch had yesterday recovered nearly Rs. 1.3 crore and two luxury cars, a BMW and a Mercedes, from Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
10:52 am: A team consisting of senior ministers formed by us for the process of merger of 2 factions. We are brothers from the same family: Tamil Nadu Minister Sellur Raju
10:43 am: As per Times Now report, O Pannerselvam may join the cabinet after merger.
10:37 am: I Am happy for the move of merger with the OPS faction: Tamil Nadu Forest Minister C Srinivasan
10:33 am: Two senior ministers from Tamil Nadu cabinet in Dinakaran’s residence to convey him of the faction’s decision to merge with OPS camp. They have ask him and Sasikala to resign from the party, a report by ‘Times Now’ has said.
10:29 am: Yesterday, the police had arrested Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the middleman, who is alleged of striking a deal of Rs. 50 crore to help Sasikala faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 18, 2017
10:25 am: A day after a case was registered against TTV Dhinakaran for allegedly bribing EC officials to allott the ‘two leaves’ symbol to their faction, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, said he hoped that the case had credibility and wasn’t a result of a political witch-hunt, an ANI report has said.
10:20 am: As per Times Now’ report, E Palaniswami will continue as chief minister after the merger of two factions.
10:15 am: Tamil Nadu ministers are likely to meet Dinakaran to inform him of the development.
10:09 am: Merger of two AIADMK factions may not be successful as they are “power-mongers”, DMK quoted by ANI as saying.
10:01 am: Sasikala faction of AIADMK has formed a committee to conduct talks on merger: O Panneerselvam.