Two months after T.T.V. Dhinakaran’s ascension to the leadership of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (Amma), a major crisis is brewing inside the party with some ministers revolting against him. They have reportedly sought his resignation as the Deputy General Secretary of the party. The crisis started after searches were conducted against Health minister C Vijaya Bhaskar. Some ministers reportedly are not in agreement with the Dhinakaran’s stand saying that the minister need not resign.
The Times of India reports that hectic lobbying has begun in party general secretary VK Sasikala’s family- primarily by her nephew Dhinakaran, husband M Natarajan and brother V Divakaran - to poach as many MLAs as possible from the ruling party. The report further says that Dhinakaran is planning to dethrone the government in the event of him being ousted from the post.
Dhinakaran denied that a section of Ministers had demanded his resignation as deputy general secretary to save the party or that some Ministers were said to have visited the mausoleum of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Meanwhile some leaders have already started pitching for a merger of two factions of the AIADMK. Former Minister Ma Foi K Pandiarajan, a leader of the AIADMK (Panneerselvam faction), at a public meeting said the two factions of the AIADMK must unite and work as one entity. His statement comes in the backdrop of some moves by leaders of the two parties to merge the AIADMK (Amma) and (PTA) sans the leadership of the Sasikala family.