Tamil Nadu’s rebellious leader O Panneerselvam on Friday declared to redeem the party and “Amma’s government” from the hands of “one family,” claiming that the group led by him was the “original AIADMK.” The leader also launches a scathing attack on the family of AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, saying it was “unfortunate” that the party and the government has gone into the control of “one family” against the wills of late Jayalalithaa.
The former CM responded to AIADMK deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran’s request to leaders like him to return to the party, saying he was “shocked” since the former MP was “not even a primary member of the AIADMK and was never taken back into the party till Amma was alive.”
While addressing a public gathering on the 69th birth anniversary of late Jayalalithaa at R K Nagar constituency, Panneerselvam restated his demand for a judicial investigation into the conditions that led to the demise of the former CM.
“Amma never wanted the party and the government to go into the hands of this family. No one can deny that Sasikala was banished from Poes Garden and her family members were expelled from the party. After sometime, Amma re-inducted only Sasikala into Poes Garden and the AIADMK and said others remain expelled from the party,” Mr Panneerselvam said.
“His (Dinakaran’s) reentry itself is illegal since it was approved by temporary general secretary Sasikala and it is shocking that he invites us into AIADMK. We are the original AIADMK. 122 MLAs may be with Sasikala, but the cadre and people are with us. Amma remains the general secretary of AIADMK since no election has been held for the top post,” he said.
He also said that soon the AIADMK and its symbol “Two Leaves” will “come to us.” “Finally, it is dharma that wins. Dharma Yudham to retrieve the party and the government from the family will continue. This Dharma Yudham will end only with the exit of the family from government and party,” he added.