VK Sasikala’s nephew, TTV Dinakaran who was expelled by J Jayalalithaa is candidate for RK Nagar bypoll in April

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New Delhi | Published: March 15, 2017 1:03:37 PM

Dinakaran was expelled from the party in 2011 for 'anti-party' activities. He was re-inducted in the party last month by Sasikala after he apologised.

AIADMK’s TTV Dinakaran (ANI)

On Wednesday, AIADMK announced TTV Dinakaran, VK Sasikala nephew as their candidate from RK Nagar constitituency. The bypoll which is scheduled for April 12 will be an indicator of people’s opinion after J Jayalalithaa’s demise in December last year. This is the first election since her death. Dinakaran was expelled from the party in 2011 for ‘anti-party’ activities. He was re-inducted in the party last month by Sasikala after he apologised, PTI reported.

Sasikala presently serving sentence for being accused in Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case. Dinakaran’s name was suggested after the unprecedented death of Jayalalithaa who was a sitting member. Her death gave rise to a revolt within the party by O Panneerselvam, after he was made Chief Minister for few days and then removed. Dinakaran is going to be the deputy general secretary.

Sasikala, her husband M Natarajan, Dinakaran and Venkatesh were expelled from the AIADMK in 2011 by Jayalalithaa amidst reports then that they interfered in party and government administration.

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Dinakaran was a Loksabha MP from Periyakulam from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, he was runner up in Indian general election, (Tamil Nadu) Periyakulam (Lok Sabha constituency), with winner J M Aaron Rashid.

In an interview with India Today Dinakaran said, “Also TTV Dinakaran made it clear that the party’s doors are open for anyone who has left it which included O Panneerselvam as well. He also said, that no steps has been taken to transfer Sasikala to Tamil Nadu prison and declined to speak on Deepa Madhavan, India Today reported.

On Tuesday an AIADMK member in Lok Sabha, PR Sundaram demanded a CBI probe into the “mysterious” death of party supremo J Jayalalithaa. Sundaram, is affiliated to the OPS party. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the matter was of “great concern” but the state government has already ordered a probe and the Centre can act only after its report is submitted.

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