Chennai, March 3 (BPNS)
The Theni district committee of the AIADMK passed a resolution unanimously to bring back former interim general secretary of the party, V.K. Sasikala back to the party fold. The meeting also wanted her nephew TTV Dhinakaran and his party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) back to the party fold.
The meeting was held at the farmhouse of AIADMK Chief coordinator and former Chief Minister, O. Panneerselvam on Wednesday and was presided over by the Theni district secretary of the party, Syed Khan. O. Panneerselvam also participated in the meeting.
Sources in the party who attended the meeting told IANS that when party district committee leaders spoke about reinducting Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran back to the party fold, Panneerselvam asked them to pass a resolution on the same, so that it could be taken forward to the party high command.
BPNS had earlier reported that the powerful Thevar community to which both Sasikala and Panneerselvam belong to had been putting pressure on the AIADMK leadership to bring Sasikala back to the party fold. It may be noted that the Thevar community is having a sizeable vote bank in Southern Tamil Nadu and has always been a strong base of the AIADMK. In the recent Urban local body polls, AIADMK had lost heavily in the Southern belt with the party candidates even losing in the homeward of Panneerselvam.
Party Theni district secretary, Syed Khan while speaking to BPNS said, “ The AIADMK is a political party which always fight for the people and we want to take the legacy of late leaders MGR and J. Jayalalithaa back to the party and to move forward. As part of this process, we want everyone who has gone out of the party to be back in the party fold. The electoral debacle has several other factors but the reunion of these leaders will give the party the much-needed support base and fillip.”
The passing of the resolution to induct back V.K. Sasikala in the presence of AIADMK Chief coordinator has raised eyebrows in the political circles of Tamil Nadu.
Dr. R. Padmanabhan, Director of Socio-Economic Development Foundation, a think tank based out of Madurai while speaking to BPNS said, “ The writing on the wall is clear and Sasikala will soon be back in the AIADMK fold and will become very powerful. The AIADMK urgently needs a powerful leader and not a dual leadership and this will infuse adrenalin into the veins of cadres giving the party the much-needed fillip. The pressure exerted by the Thevar community is a major reason for this resolution and it is only a matter of time for her to be back into the day-to-day affairs of AIADMK.”