A day after AIADMK (Amma) General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran announced a list of new postings within the party, two MLAs have rejected his order. The legislators stated that they will only take directives from Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisami who runs both the party and the government.
On Friday, in addition to announcing his Tamil Nadu tour itinerary, the AIADMK deputy general secretary also put out a list of postings for positions within the party. This included heads of the youth wing, women's wing and joint secretaries. The list came out just days after Dhinakaran said that he will be actively participating in the party's activities from Aug 4.
Sriperambadur MLA Palani told the media that he is not willing to take up the additional post. "Amma made an MLA and I am devoted towards working for the party and Government even now. That is enough for me," he said.
Panrutti MLA Sathya Panneerselvam, meanwhile, questioned Dhinakaran's authority. "Edappadi Palanisami is the one who runs both the Government and the party. If there is any problem in my constituency I go to him and he resolves the matter. We want Amma's rule to continue under him," she said.
Dhinakaran, whose comeback has escalated tensions within the ruling party, was told to keep in mind that even his post was under legal scrutiny. "Whether he will remain Deputy General secretary is already a question mark," said Finance Minister D Jayakumar, referring to the case against his elevation within the party by his aunt and AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala.