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.
The arrest has bolstered demands in Chennai for his sacking from the party. The faction led by Ms Sasikala and Mr Dinakaran has decided that both will be evicted from their positions to facilitate a merger with the OPS group.
Work has started on the OPS group’s demand that posters and banners of Ms Sasikala be removed from the party office.
When J Jayalalithaa died as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, her party promoted Ms Sasikala, her live-in aide, as its chief. O Panneerselvam, who was a regular stand-in for Ms Jayalalithaa while she was alive, was made Chief Minister. Mr Panneerselvam revolted when Ms Sasikala asked him to step down so she could become Chief Minister. A twist in the plot was provided by the Supreme Court which in February sentenced her to jail for four years for corruption.