No truck with Dinakaran, asserts Finance Minister

By PTI Published on Jun 06, 2017 12:57 PM IST

Chennai: Finance Minister and senior AIADMK (Amma) leader D Jayakumar said party deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran should stick to his stand of keeping away from party affairs, yesterday.

Reacting to Dinakaran's assertion that he will continue party work, Jayakumar said it was the party's unanimous view to hold on to its stand of having no dealings with Dinakaran, party general secretary V K Sasikala and their associates.

He said top party functionaries and ministers started deliberations following Dinakaran's assertion on 3 June that he will continue party work. "We are firm, and we are clear," the Minister told reporters.

"We will have no truck with him, we are not dependent on him." He said Dinakaran, Sasikala or their associates were not "in the background".

"He (Dinakaran) should stick to his stand that he will keep away from the party," he said. After Ministers said on 18 April that they were dumping the top duo, Dinakaran had said he was stepping aside in deference to their wish.

"We are leading Amma's government without anybody being in the background there is no doubt about it," he said. The Cabinet on 18 April had revolted against Dinakaran and decided to keep him and his family out of the party and government.

Dinakaran, who was recently released on bail after being in jail for a month in the Election Commission bribery case, had kicked up a fresh row on his role in the party when he said he would "continue party work" since he had said in April that he was keeping away from party affairs.