In an apparent attempt to take things in his own hands, Tamil Nadu chief-minister Edapadi Palaniswami has warned his Ministerial colleagues against speaking in support of Dinakaran, who had been released from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on conditional bail in a case relating to his attempt to bribe the Election Commission to get the ‘Two-Leaves’ symbol allotted to the ruling AIADMK faction in the State.
The ruling AIADMK faction appears to have suffered yet another split since Dinakaran’s release from Tihar a few days back. Dinakaran’s recent statement that his aunt and jailbird Sasikala had told him to wait for ‘2 months’ to give time for the AIADMK factions led by EPS and OPS to merge has sent jitters down the ruling faction’s Ministers and MLAs who fear the worst if the merger doesn’t occur by then.
Ruling faction of the AIADMK is at pains to drive home the fact that chief-minister Edapadi Palaniswami is now in-charge of both the party and the Govt. The CM was not reportedly amused with Dinakaran’s statement and wants party Ministers and MLAs have nothing to do with Dinakaran. He is said to have unofficially warned them from issuing statements or speaking in support of Dinakaran.
At a time when the ruling faction is serious about the merger, it doesn’t want to submit to the dictats or ‘abide by’ any deadline/time-frame Dinakaran or Sasikala may fix. EPS is said to have asked senior Ministers Jayakumar and Sengottaiyan to ensure that neither they nor other Ministers/MLAs say anything which might even remotely affect the ‘merger’ process with the AIADMK faction led by OPS.