On Monday, Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D Jayakumar, said that the party and ministers are continuing with their April 17th decision to keep Dinakaran and his family out of party and Government. Palaniswami also met various MLAs on Tuesday.
Dinakaran, who was in jail related to a bribery case, returned from jail last week and on Monday met his aunt and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK's) General Secretary V K Sasikala at Bengalaru Jail. Dinakaran was arrested for allegedly trying to bribe the Election Commission officials for a favourable order on the party symbol of two leave.
The new development has weakened the strength of the party in the Tamil Nadu. Out of the 234 elected members in the Assembly, almost 122 MLAs were with the present government, while 12 MLAs were with the Panneerselvam faction, while the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has 89 seats, its ally Indian National Congress has eight and Indian Union Muslim League has one seat, apart from the Assembly Speaker, who is also from AIADMK.
Political experts say that if Dinakaran faction has around 25 MLAs, the Palanswami faction has the backing of only 97 seats, which will be close to the seats of the DMK ally put together.
Before his visit to Bengaluru to meet Sasikala, Dinakaran told the reporters in Chennai on Monday that he remains number two in the ruling AIADMK party and it is his duty to unite the party. Dinakaran said he would meet Sasikala not as a nephew but as her deputy and start working with her advice. It may be noted that Dinakaran, who was sacked by Jayalalithaa from the party, was reinstated by Sasikala as Deputy General Secretary before going to jail.