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Dhivakaran welcomes move to invite disqualified MLAs to join

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Press Trust of India Madurai
V Dhivakaran, estranged brother of ousted AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, Sunday welcomed the move by theAIADMK top leadership asking its 18 disqualified MLAs to revert to the ruling party.
Blaming his jailed sister Sasikala Natarajan for the 'confusion' in theparty, Anna Dravidar Kazhagamfounder and president, Dhivakaran said had an efficient person been appointed to lead AIADMK, thecurrent situation would not have arisen.
He was referring to the appointment of Sasikala as the interim general secretary of the AIADMK after the demise of party Supremo J Jayalalithaa in December 2016.
Sasikala is currently serving a prison term in a disproportionate assets case in a Bengaluru jail.
He, however maintained that he would not join AIADMK as the party was facing various problems.
Dhivakaran also said his nephew and AMMK leader Dhinakaran should not create panic among the people and instead be prepared to face the elections (for the 18 Assembly segments)

Dhinakaran had Saturday said his party was ready to face elections for the 18 Assembly segments and added that "in case" the elections were called for these constituencies, the disqualified MLAs were even willing to face the polls.
The 18 AIADMK MLAs were disqualified on September 18 last year under the anti-defection law after they met the Governor and expressed loss of confidence in Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
The Madras High Court had also upheld the June 14 order of the then Chief Justice of the court disqualifying 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs.

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First Published: Oct 28 2018 | 10:35 PM IST

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