Chennai, June 25 : The cold war within the nascent Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) between its general secretary T T V Dhinakaran and propaganda secretary Thanga Tamilselvan reached a flash point with the former hinting of the latter's removal for his open outbursts against the party.
Talking to reporters here on Tuesday after holding discussions with the Theni district functionaries, Dhinakaran said he was not scared of expelling Thanga Tamilselvan from the party. ''There is no need to seek an explanation from him. A new propaganda secretary will be announced soon'', he added.
Dhinakaran said the Theni district cadres have complained to him about Thanga Tamilselvan's activities based on which a decision will be made. ''Post his interview in the television where he criticised the party and also abused me, I warned him not to make such statements. Tamilselvan is being operated by someone from the backstage and he will soon be removed from the party'', he added.
The meeting took place at Dhinakaran's residence in the city after Thanga Tamilselvan’s ‘revolt’ and his telephonic conversation with TTV's aide in which he accused Dhinakaran, went viral on social media. He accused Dhinakaran of practicing cheap politics and also abused him.
Sources said Tamilselvan made the call after a party meeting was held in Theni, from where he hailed, without his knowledge, reports in social media said he might re-join the ruling AIADMK. Tamilselvan, who had unsuccessfully contested in the recent Lok Sabha polls from Theni and lost badly, also said the party could expel him if his statement was wrong.
It may be recalled that Tamilselvan was one of the 18 AIADMK MLAs who were disqualified for supporting Dhinakaran after the two warring factions headed by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Paneerselvam merged in August 2017. All the disqualified MLAs (except Tamilselvan who contested the Lok Sabha polls) fared poorly in the Assembly bypolls. (UNI)