Jeyanandh Dhivaharan told TNM that Dhinakaran kept Sasikala in psychological custody.

Rift in Mannargudi clan widens Dhivaharan calls Sasikala his former sister
news Politics Monday, May 14, 2018 - 16:20

The rift in the Mannargudi family is widening, with V Dhivaharan now disowning jailed and ousted AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and terming her his 'former sister'. This renouncement of his familial ties with his sister comes just two days after the jailed AIADMK leader issued a legal notice to him, warning him against spreading “lies” and “rumours” about her and asking him refrain from using her name or photograph for his political agenda.

Her legal notice has come in the wake of Dhivaharan accusing RK Nagar MLA and leader of the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam TTV Dhinakaran of running a one-man-show in his breakaway party. In a recent interview, Mannargudi-based Dhivaharan made it clear that he was not in favour of Dhinakaran’s party.

In response to the notice, Dhivaharan has told the media in his hometown that, “This is another version of Dhinakaran’s blackmail politics. And this is its heights.” He claimed that Sasikala's decision may have been influenced by the 'one-sided story' presented to her.

When TNM spoke to Dhivaharan's son Jeyanandh about the ongoing tussle, he alleged that Dhinakaran was responsible for the problem that arose between Sasikala and O Panneerselvam as well. When asked to elaborate, he added, "TTV Dhinakaran kept her (Sasikala) in his own psychological custody, which had eventually led to bifurcation of the party."

Dhivaharan meanwhile has made it clear that his political journey will not stop and that his ultimate aim is to make sure ‘Puratchi Thalaivar - Puratchi Thalaivi' forces stay together. “I will oppose whoever poses any threat in realising this aim of ours,” he warned.

The Dhivaharan family now aims to bring multiple parties under the banner of 'Amma Anni'. “Initially they dismissed my questions as family problems. Only now they have understood that it is political. I haven't considered this legal notice a problem. We’ve got plenty of names to use - Anna, MGR, Amma. We will function as Amma Anni. Many of them are running their own parties using their names. Deepa’s party, MGR Anna Dravida Munnertra Kazhagam, - we want to bring all of it under one party. Our aim is to unite all the forces that have been split," he told the media.

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