CHENNAI Opening the doors for a possible merger of the two AIADMK factions, Chief Minister K Palaniswami-led Amma faction challenged the authority of its Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran, a move hailed by the rebel camp as an "awakening".
Dhinakaran, who is Sasikala's nephew, said his post was a nominated one and the party general secretary could name office-bearers to such posts.
Dismissing the meet chaired by Palaniswami as caused by fear and selfish motives, he said the AIADMK was in the control of the party chief and himself.
Meanwhile, the AIADMK led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E.K. Palaniswami has declared as null and void the appointment of T.T.V. Dhinakaran as the Deputy General Secretary while they have also adopted resolutions against Sasikala.
Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu minister D. Jayakumar expressed confidence over the merger of EPS, OPS factions of the AIADMK and said he hopes it happens soon.
With Palaniswami and Paneerselvam arriving in Delhi on Thursday evening to take part in Friday's swearing-in ceremony of new Vice-President elect Venkaiah Naidu, there was speculation as to whether they could have a meeting of sorts to thrash out the sticky points standing in the way of a merger. However, Team OPS has since reiterated that unless Sasikala and her family are expelled from the party and a CBI probe into late CM Jayalalithaa's death is ordered, there is no question of a merger of the two factions. Though BJP has said it has nothing to do with AIADMK, sources said a senior Sangh ideologue and economist and a Union minister were looking at ways of ending the factional feud in the party. Dinakaran had been appointed joint general secretary by Sasikala, his aunt.More news: Us already feeling effects of climate change
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Sasikala Natarajan is the long term political aide of Jayalalithaa and member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
"J Jayalalithaa on December 19, 2011, is illegal as it is against the party law 30 (v)", said the release signed by all participants except senior ministers KA Sengottaiyan and Dindigul Sreenivasan. There are reports that both the factions may hold merger talks in New Delhi.
Adopting a confrontationist stand, a combativeAIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary (DGS) TTV Dinakaran today asserted that nobody could prevent him from discharging his duties and warned of action against the EPS camp for anti-party activities.
The resolution added, "Since he failed to continue as a primary member for five years, he can not hold any position in the party as per by-laws".
But the Dinakaran faction is unlikely to give in without a fight.