My aunt said she was stepping aside for now, told me to take up Tamil Nadu assembly poll fight: TTV Dhinakaran


(This story initially appeared in on Mar 25, 2021)

AMMK normal secretary T T V Dhinakaran says the choice to step aside from politics by his aunt V Okay Sasikala was her personal and that nobody compelled her to take the decision. He denied the BJP had compelled her to step aside or tried to convey the AIADMK and the AMMK collectively.

In an interview to D Govardan amid his marketing campaign in Tiruvannamalai on Wednesday, Dhinakaran exuded confidence that the AMMK-led alliance will triumph within the assembly election on the again of individuals’s craving for an actual change.

Q: How is the response from the individuals to your marketing campaign?

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  • Tamil Nadu
  • Assam
  • Kerala
  • Puducherry
  • The response has been superb. The floor actuality is reflecting the individuals’s craving for change. They have understood that the current authorities has betrayed the general public in addition to those that anointed them to the place of energy. On the opposite, the DMK has created an phantasm, because it does in each election, that it’s coming to energy. But the persons are prepared to demolish that phantasm. People are trying for an actual change and the AMMK has shaped a formidable alliance with the DMDK, SDPI and Owaisi’s AIMIM in addition to a number of smaller native events, in addition to a number of organisations and fronts too have prolonged their assist. Moreover, persons are wholeheartedly supporting us and can be sure that our alliance wins with a transparent majority.

    Q: DMK president M Okay Stalin says his alliance will win all 234 seats, whereas AIADMK minister S P Velumani has said their alliance will win greater than 200. How many seats have they left for your alliance?

    Had Velumani said his celebration will lose greater than 200 seats, it will be nearer to actuality. The DMK at all times creates a hype that it’s going to emerge the winner proper from the times of Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi) and the most effective instance was the 1980 assembly election, the place the DMK had even printed victory posters and had stored them prepared for his birthday. But the individuals re-elected MGR because the CM. The DMK can’t aspire to get individuals’s votes, past these of the allied events. I’m certain individuals will repose religion within the AMMK.

    Q: Your aunt V Okay Sasikala was given a rousing welcome on her return. So, why did she step aside from politics?

    There have been numerous expectations. But not from us. After coming back from Bengaluru, she wished to get into politics full-time. But the repeated statements by AIADMK leaders that she isn’t welcome, harm her. Did she say that she wished to rejoin the AIADMK? It is one factor that somebody desires to be a part of and one other if the celebration leaders make statements on their very own. It was these individuals, who had elected her as their normal secretary and fell at her toes to settle for that publish. Watching these developments, she expressed her anguish and told me that she was stepping aside for the current and requested me to go forward with my electoral combat.

    Q: There have been reviews that the BJP had compelled her to step aside.

    No. It isn’t true. No one from the BJP spoke both to me or her. No one coerced her to step aside. There have been reviews that I too have been compelled to step away from politics. But I knowledgeable the media that nobody can coerce me and that the primary listing of candidates shall be launched on March 10 and I did that. Some vested pursuits created such rumours.

    Q: Who are these vested pursuits?

    Our political enemies and our betrayers, in addition to the media which helps them and the brokers who take part in political debates on tv channels. The state can be concerned in spreading such rumours. It is certainly an act of these, whose poll prospects shall be affected by the AMMK.

    Q: There have been additionally reviews that the BJP intervened to convey the AIADMK and the AMMK collectively.

    No. There have been no talks like that. I additionally noticed such media reviews. But nobody, particularly from the BJP, spoke to me.

    Q: There have been reviews that O Panneerselvam was in contact with you.

    It is a blatant lie. We by no means spoke to one another. In the previous individuals had even unfold rumours about Amma (J Jayalalithaa) having a daughter. Such rumours are the handiwork of our enemy – the DMK or the betrayers – Palaniswami and Company.

    Q: But why is Edappadi Palaniswami so minimize up with you?

    It is due to the concern of shedding. To reclaim the AIADMK democratically is our purpose. That is why the AMMK was shaped and he now fears that our celebration will defeat them. They are solely banking on buying votes. But they know they won’t succeed. People additionally know that it’s their cash that’s coming again to them and they’ll take it. But we’ll do an RK Nagar throughout the state.

    Q: On Tuesday, O Panneerselvam told a information channel that he by no means doubted Sasikala within the loss of life of Jayalalithaa and the celebration is open to look at her re-entry to the celebration. What do you assume made him take such a stand now?

    I additionally noticed that. There is opposition constructing in opposition to him in his constituency and the concern of shedding might have power him to say such a factor now. He began a ‘dharmayudh’ in opposition to our household and the world is aware of what he had said about us then. If he’s altering his stand, it should be due to belated realisation of his folly. You have to pose the query to him. But since that is occurring nearer to the election, one has to doubt his realisation.

    Q: While you assault each the DMK and the AIADMK, you appear to be silent on the BJP in your marketing campaign.

    In 2019, it was the Lok Sabha election and therefore I had to assault the BJP. This is an assembly election and the combat is barely between the AMMK, the DMK and the AIADMK. Whenever a transfer is made by the BJP in opposition to the pursuits of Tamil individuals, I assault it.

    Q: Contesting elections is an costly affair. With your aunt backing out, how will you handle with out her monetary assist?

    We are heading into the election primarily based on the energy of our cadres and the non-public monetary energy of our candidates. Is Chinnamma (Sasikala) operating a finance firm to fund me? What assist can she present, when she herself has come out of jail after 4 years.

    Q: If as predicted by opinion polls, the DMK wins, is there a risk of the AIADMK and the AMMK coming collectively?

    First, the cadres will come collectively. The AIADMK leaders with moneybags and all those that spoke sick about us will look for different pastures out of concern. If by likelihood, please notice, solely by likelihood, the DMK comes to energy, everybody will know the place these leaders, with skeletons of their cabinets, shall be. All those that aren’t at fault or don’t have any soiled baggage will come collectively as Amma’s cadres.

    Q: Will or not it’s a unified AIADMK then?

    Only the cadres will determine when that occurs.