Banners of VK Sasikala, the chief of Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK, were removed from the party’s main office in Chennai hours after her nephew and deputy TTV Dinakaran was arrested in Delhi close to midnight on Tuesday.
Dinakaran is accused of attempting to bribe Election Commission officials to allot his faction of the AIADMK the party’s “two-leaf” symbol, frozen after a dispute with a rival faction led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. The 53-year-old was appointed the party’s number two by Sasikala before she went to jail for corruption.
The arrest has bolstered demands in Chennai for his sacking from the party. The faction led by Sasikala and Dinakaran has decided that both will be evicted from their positions to facilitate a merger with the OPS group.