Palaniswami hits out at Dhinakaran, Velumani extends olive branch

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday hit out at AMMK leader T T V Dhinakaran, who has renewed his assertion of “retrieving” the ruling AIADMK post V K Sasikala”s release, saying those who go behind him will be “left in the lurch”.
The AIADMK Joint Coordinator, addressing an election rally in Vellore, cited the example of 18 disqualified AIADMK rebel MLAs who sided with Dhinakaran earlier, to drive home his point.

In his address, Palaniswami also lashed out at DMK, dubbing it a “corporate” company helmed by M K Stalin as its “chairman”.

Targeting DhinakaranPalaniswami said he was not even an AIADMK member for 10 years, referring to his expulsion by late Chief Minister and then party supremo J Jayalalithaa in 2011, along with her confidante Sasikala, whom she later reinstated, and others.

“He himself declared that he had joined the party (again) after Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) death. Earlier in the day, Dhinakaran had said efforts to ”retrieve” the ruling party will be on, especially in the wake of the return of his aunt and expelled AIADMK leader Sasikala from Bengaluru, after serving a four year jail term in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case.
Meanwhile, Minister for Municipal Administration SP Velumani, on Tuesday, hinted at an AIADMKAMMK merger calling the rivalry between the two parties as problems surfacing within a ‘family’. “The problems we face is similar to a problem faced within a family. It is an issue between brothers. We can resolve it, but our common enemy is the DMK and we should defeat them,” said Velumani, at a party meeting in Coimbatore.