Income tax raids cause fissures in Sasikala camp of AIADMK

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All is not well for the Sasikala Natarajan camp of the AIADMK following raids of its minister. The party's deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran is facing infighting in the party following raids at Health Minister Vijaya Bhaskar's properties. Demands for Bhaskar's ouster is growing by the day. Dinakaran is now torn between his loyalist and demands for his ouster.

Vijaya Bhaskar

AIADMK Amma leaders including chief minister Edappadi Palanisamy have been holding talks with Dinakaran on Bhaskar's ouster. The raids that led to the recovery of documents from Bhaskar's residence has come as a cause of concern to the party. The Election Commission decided to countermand the much-awaited R K Nagar bypoll following the raids on Bhaskar's residence.

As recently as Friday, leaders of the AIADMK Amma party met Dinakaran. While the deputy general secretary deemed in a courtesy visit, reports of infighting within the faction are only growing by the day with the bone of contention being the ouster of Vijaya Bhaskar. Dinakaran is now faced with a revolt within the faction with many leaders continuously meeting members of O Panneerselvam camp. While the frequent meetings suggested a patch up between the two factions, reports of a rift within the Dinakaran camp is now growing by the day.

FIRs that were filed against three ministers by the Chennai police has only fuelled the anger of the cadres. Three ministers were booked following a complaint by the income tax department accusing them of trespassing and obstructing its officials during raids at Bhaskar and Sarathkumar's properties.

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