'People of RK Nagar have elected Amma's successor': Dhinakaran

26 December, 2017, 06:47 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Tamil Nadu: TTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar Assembly seat

A meeting of the AIADMK leaders chaired by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who is also the convener of the coordinating committee overseeing the party administration, made a decision to remove P Vetrivel, MG Pathiban, M Rengasamy and Thangatamil Selvan from the official posts held by them.

The AIADMK removed S Vetrivel, Thanga Tamil Selvan, Rangaswamy, Muththaiya, VP Kalairajan and Sholinghur Parthiban from the post of party's secretary. "They want a change of this regime", he said. "Party workers are requested not to have any truck with them", OPS and EPS said in a joint statement released to the media.

In its reaction to the poll outcome on Sunday, DMK attributed the victory of Dhinakaran to "money power" and claimed it was "a Himalayan defeat for the Election Commission rather than the DMK candidate".

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CAPTION: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam among others at the AIADMK meeting today.

The Tamil Nadu politics is in for yet another bout of turmoil. He suggested that after the RK Nagar results, more leaders in the ruling faction are biding their time to cross over to the Dinakaran camp. Speaking to reporters, Dinakaran declared his victory in RK Nagar as a prelude to the forthcoming political change in the state. "Dhinakaran had lauded DMK leaders A Raja and Kanimozhi on their acquittal in the 2G Spectrum case. They are using the division within us to gain ascendancy in the State", said Divakaran, popularly known as Boss among followers and loyalists. Armed with the public mandate in Jayalalithaa's constituency, Dhinakaran, who contested as an independent, has already held out a warning that the present government would be dethroned within three months. DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh got only 24,651 votes and lost his deposit. In an election that was seen as a battle for Jayalalithaa's political legacy, the surprise victory by dissident leader and Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran will dramatically alter the political equations in a state that has been on a political roller coaster since the death of Jayalalithaa in December past year. While Jayalalithaa secured 97,218 votes, the DMK candidate 57,673 votes. Thirumavalavan also endorsed Dhinakaran as the true inheritor of Jayalalithaa's legacy.

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