AIADMK deputy chief hands over olive branch to Panneerselvam


dinakaranAIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran on February 23 took charge of the party and favoured a rapprochement with former CM and expelled leader O Panneerselvam.

VK Sasikala appointed her nephew Dinakaran to the post on February 15 before surrendering at Bengaluru court in the disproportionate assets case.

Handing over an olive branch to the former CM, Dinakaran said, the party would accept with motherly affection anybody who had gone out of the organisation and wanted to return.

Addressing reporters, when asked about Panneerselvam’s plans to conduct a state-wide campaign against the present AIADMK leadership, Dinakaran said the party had faced such betrayals in the past too.

Referring to the defection of MLAs and MPs to OP camp, he said some of them had lost their way and moved away.

His comments come in the wake of Panneerselvam’s expulsion by Sasikala following his revolt against her on February 5.

To a question on who was his party’s main rival — DMK leader MK Stalin or Panneerselvam, Dinakaran insisted it was DMK.

Stalin was doing things such as staging a hunger strike and meeting the President since he could not topple the AIADMK government.

Claiming that there was no public anger against AIADMK, he said, “It is only an artificial, a planned attempt by enemies to spread a false propaganda.”