Politics
The Melur public meeting is part of Dhinakaran’s state-wide tour to strengthen the AIADMK (Amma).

A day after the AIADMK (Amma) adopted a resolution calling TTV Dhinakaran’s appointment as the Deputy General Secretary illegal, the Madras High Court on Friday granted him permission to conduct his public meeting in Melur on August 14.

Following the Madurai police’s decision to deny him permission for the public meeting, Saravanan, an AIADMK secretary from Madurai approached the Madras High Court.

“We had asked for permission from the Madurai police but they were not responding. So, we filed a petition in the High Court,” said R Vinod, lawyer on behalf of Saravanan.

The Madurai police had objected to granting Dhinakaran permission for the public meeting on the grounds that it would create problems for residents, and for a hospital that is near the venue. The petitioner, however, disputed the police’s claim noting that the venue had proper parking facilities and would not cause problems for the public.

Passing orders, Justice SS Sundar granted permission for Dhinakaran’s public meeting and also directed the Madurai police to provide protection.

The Melur public meeting is the first in a series of events being carried out by Dhinakaran, as part of his state-wide tour. TTV Dhinakaran, who had announced his return to active politics on August 4, said he would meet people across the state, as part of his efforts to strengthen the AIADMK (Amma) and would conclude his tour at Sivaganga on October 5. The state-wide tour, he stated, was to mark the centenary birth anniversary of AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran.

Dhinakaran’s return to active politics, including his decision to appoint 64 office bearers in the AIADMK (Amma) was, however, invalidated by leaders of the ruling party. On Thursday, the AIADMK (Amma) led by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami adopted a resolution terming Dhinakaran’s appointment as Deputy General Secretary in February as illegal. They also called null and void, his decision to appoint office bearers.

TTV Dhinakaran, however, responded stating that the resolution was against party rules and noted, “Only Sasikala has the authority to stop me from functioning. I am not bound by the decision of those who mushroomed overnight.”

The move against Dhinakaran comes amidst speculation of a merger between the AIADMK (Amma) and the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma).