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Sasikala faction emerges amid AIADMK merger; 19 MLAs being moved to private resort

After the two AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami and former chief minister O Panneerselvam were merged into one political entity, which was regarded as the primary AIADMK, it was thought that the political troubles of Tamil Nadu are now over. However, the political situation in Tamil Nadu has yet again taken a sharp turn after 19 MLAs claimed allegiance to the jailed leader Sasikala. TTV Dhinakaran, the nephew of Sasikala, was till now considered the number 2 in AIADMK, but after Panneerselvam’s faction merged with AIADMK, Dhinakaran has been sidelined in the party. Naturally, this has not gone down well with Dhinakaran, who is now in the process of creating his own revolt in the party. Dhinakaran has reportedly planned to move 19 legislators to a private resort located outside Chennai city. This will be done to ensure that the legislators are not influenced by Palaniswami.

This morning, the MLAs also met the Governor of Tamil Nadu. The MLAs told the governor that Palaniswami should be removed from the post of Chief Minister since he has lost the support of his 19 MLAs. The MLAs are not happy with the party’s decision to expel Sasikala from the party. According to sources, the MLAs are most likely to be moved to a resort, either in Mahabalipuram or Pondicherry. After the merger, the AIADMK has 134 seats. However, if one reduces 19 from the figure, the number would drop to 115, which would fall short of the 117 required to form the government in the 234-member assembly.

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