TTV shuf­fling spree has more to it than what meets the eye

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

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.

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