In a massive turn in Tamil Nadu politics on Monday, VK Sasikala’s nephew and AMMK leader TTV Dinakaran allied with Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM. In accordance with the circular adopted by AMMK, Dinakaran announced that AIMIM will contest three seats in Vaniyambadi, Krishnagiri and Sankarapuram. Owaisi had confirmed he would participate in Tamil Nadu’s upcoming polls and is expected to address a joint rally with Dinakaran in Chennai on March 12. The Tamil Nadu Assembly, which has 234 seats, is due to go to the polls on April 6 and the results will be announced on May 2.

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The move comes just 5 days after former AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala left politics saying “she will always pray to Amma and God to keep her golden rule alive. According to the 2011 census, Vanayambudi has a Muslim population of 55.74%, Krishnagiri has only 24.7% Muslim population and Sankarapuram has a Muslim population of 3.35%. The AMMK-AIMIM combination faces the AIADMK-BJP-PMK alliance, the DMK-Congress-MDMK-IUML-CPM alliance, the MNM-AAP alliance and other small parties.

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Sasikala quits politics and seat sharing

On March 3, Sasikala abruptly resigned from politics and urged AIADMK cadres to unite ahead of the elections and fight the DMK to “maintain Amma’s rule over AIADMK in Tamil Nadu for 100 year. AIADMK asserted that no one can pressure his party to include AMMK in the alliance led by AIADMK, ruling out a possibility of reconciliation with Sasikala and AMMK General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran. In line with the seat-sharing talks, AIADMK has allocated the BJP – 20 seats and the seat of Kanyakumari Lok Sabha, while the MDMK will contest 23 seats. The remaining seats will be contested by the ruling AIADMK which nominated incumbent CM E Palaniswami as the CM candidate. The DMK also allocated 25 seats to Congress, 6 to CPM, 6 to MDMK and 3 to IUML.

Sasikala’s exit came nearly a month after receiving an enthusiastic reception in Athipalli in Krishnagiri district where she was greeted by a large number of people who waved the AMMK and AIADMK flags as she visited to Chennai’s T Nagar from Bengaluru. Throughout the journey from Karnataka, his supporters burst into the celebrations and rained flower petals on his convoy. Speaking to her supporters, she announced that she would soon enter full-fledged politics. After his abrupt exit, BJP hailed his move. Sasikala was released from Bengaluru prison on January 27, after completing her 4-year prison term and returned to Chennai.

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The two warring factions of AIADMK – MP CM O Pannerselvam (OPS) and CM E Palaniswamy (EPS), reconciled after the party appointed outgoing chairman E Palaniswamy as CM candidate and O Panneerselvam as head of the steering committee of 11 members. He also announced a series of social measures such as Pongal gift baskets, an exemption from agricultural loans, free vaccines against COVID-19, visiting school children, etc. Meanwhile, the successor of ex-CM Karunanidhi – DMK leader MP Stalin is considering his first term in CM as DMK cannot afford to lose a third consecutive election to the Assembly after sweeping the ‘State in Lok Sabha 2019 polls with 38 seats.

Sasikala quits politics amid AIADMK-BJP seat-sharing talks: “I will pray for Amma’s reign”