August 29, 2017
Chennai: The internal AIADMK war went on a visit to Delhi, with the two factions – United AIADMK and rebel group led by Dinakaran – sent its foot soldiers to Election Commission to prevail upon the authorities there to accept their respective points of view.
United AIADMK, represented by MP, Dr V Maitreyan, ministers Thangamani, D Jayakumar and C V Shanmugam and senior leader Manoj Pandian and Thambi Durai spent the time preparing for the meeting with election commission officials, expected tomorrow.
This team called on union finance minister Arun Jaitley ahead of making a presentation before the election commission. The United AIADMK is expected to withdraw the submissions it had made earlier stating that VK Sasikala was their general secretary as also to appraise the Nirvachan Sadan of the merger that took place between the warring factions.
Meanwhile the Dinakran camp, represented by Karnaktaka AIADMK leader V Pughzhendi and former minister Anbazhagan, called on officials at Nirvachan Sadan and urged them not to decide on the symbol issue or on withdrawal of earlier submissions and affidavits stating Sasikala was the general secretary, if such a move was made, without intimating and discussing the same with them.
Pugazhendi told media persons in Delhi that “we have submitted a memorandum to the election commission that we being the respondents, no action should be taken without our knowledge.” He was referring to the possibility of withdrawal of affidavit by EPS-OPS camp to evict a leader duly elected by the general council, as was being speculated by media.
“If anyone came to the election commission to claim the two leaves symbol, citing the merger of the two AIADMK factions, we have to come prevent that,” Pugazhendi said. No should misuse the two leaves symbol or misappropriate the same, the Dinakaran follower said.
Meanwhile, support for Dinakaran is growing going by the relatively thin attendance of MLAs at the all important meeting of party held on Monday. Some 30 MLAs were said to be missing from the action on Monday, unnerving the EPS-OPS combine that took a step backwards and refrained from resolving the sacking of Sasikala.
Three independent MLAs who fought on AIADMK two leaves symbol on Tuesday said that “in the interests of Amma’s party, EPS, OPS and Dinakaran all must stay together and this was their wish. We will take a decision on which side we would support if and when the time for voting on the floor of the house comes up.”
Meanwhile, the opposition DMK is stepping up the ante. It is planning to lead a delegation of all opposition parties to call on the president. DMK working president MK Stalin said that they were waiting for a firm appointment from the President’s office.