Chennai sources have made a statement that ruling AIADMK (Amma) in Tamilnadu, which has a wafer thin majority of five members in the House, witnessed signs of internal turmoil with around 26 MLAs reportedly expressing solidarity with party deputy general secretary and jailed leader V.K. Sasikala’s nephew T.T.V. Dhinakaran in the past two days. There is, however, no immediate threat to the government as Mr. Dhinakaran is in no hurry to rock the boat.
It was stated that the development came a day after Finance Minister D. Jayakumar, who chaired a meeting of around 20 ministers and some senior party functionaries, reiterated to Mr. Dhinakaran that he should keep off the affairs of the party and the government as agreed in April.
Meanwhile I.S. Inbadurai, Radhapuram MLA, who was present in Bengaluru
when Mr. Dhinakaran called on Ms. Sasikala, said it would not be fair to seek
the ouster of Mr. Dhinakaran, as the deputy general secretary possesses the
necessary “courage and charisma” to run the party.
Furthermore S. Muthiah, Paramakudi legislator, felt Mr. Dhinakaran alone has the capacity to ensure the continuance of the party. He found fault with the Chief Minister and Ministers for making announcements on various matters concerning the party without any “consultation” with MLAs.