TTV shuffling spree has more to it than what meets the eye
IT was on expected lines when TTV Dhinakaran, ousted deputy general secretary of the AIADMK, “expelled” some of the leaders who had sided with the factions headed by Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
But eyebrows were raised when loyalists of the family, the latest being minister O S Manian, was removed as the Nagapattinam district secretary on Friday. Many had speculated these to be the sleeper cells that Dhinakaran has been referring to.
His cabinet colleagues D Jayakumar and ‘Sellur’ K Raju and Deputy Speaker ‘Pollachi’ V Jayaraman too were among the ones expelled from party posts, joining an already long list that starts from Palaniswami as the headquarters secretary to office bearers of various wings of AIADMK (Amma) at the district level.
The continuous reshuffles that has effectively amounted to revamping the entire party apparatus has raised questions about the ultimate motive behind such an exercise. It should be noted that the ruling faction has termed these orders invalid, as it maintains Dhinakaran’s appointment as deputy general secretary invalid.
“Dhinakaran is not a personality who will give up his political aspirations. In case he fails to succeed in capturing the party, he will float his own party. At that time, the reshuffles would be like a big step already accomplished. He is choosing the new functionaries carefully,” said senior journalist and political observer Shyam.
Stoutly denying that the shuffling was aimed at a future eventuality like launching a new outfit, P Vetrivel MLA, a staunch Dhinakaran loyalist, said it was a disciplinary measure. “The ministers and many functionaries are functioning in a manner that would bring bad name to the party at the grassroot level. Corruption is rampant,” he alleged.