R K Nagar MLA and rival leader Dinakaran said that he was inclined for a truce with ruling Palaniswami and Panneerselvam-led party.
The Tamil Nadu government last night hiked the fares of buses under State-run transport corporations and private entities approximately by 20 to 54.54 per cent, after a six-year gap, saying it was inevitable.
Dinakaran alter said the Governor’s speech was an indicator for an unstable government. “The speech was all about expectations and hopes instead of touching any solid decisions, or references to key issues that affect the people of Tamil Nadu.”
“Except for a few top leaders, including Palaniswami, Panneerselvam and ministers such as Jayakumar and Pandiarajan, a large section of the top leadership is in touch with the Dinakaran camp or the Sasikala family,” said sources.
RK Nagar election results: The nephew of Sasikala defeated AIADMK’s E Madhusudhanan by over 40,000 votes, while DMK’s candidate Marudhu Ganesh was relegated to the third spot
R K Nagar, Jayalalithaa’s constituency, votes on December 21, with DMK’s N Maruthuganesh, AIADMK’s official candidate E Madhusudhanan and the rebel Dinakaran, contesting on the pressure cooker symbol after having lost the party’s official two-leaves symbol, in the fray
R K Nagar bypoll: As J Jayalalithaa’s constituency votes on December 21 — to elect a new MLA after her death last year — her own AIADMK is nowhere in the frame in the final days of the campaign.
Dhinakaran accused the state government of trying to use “the doubts over Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) death” to “divert” the attention from its misgovernance.
The meeting will come a day after the EC rejected a plea of sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dinkaran to grant 15 days additional time to submit affidavits in the party symbol dispute case.
Sasikala and Dinakaran were ousted from the party after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam merged their factions last month to reach a power-sharing agreement.
A team of Tamil Nadu police had visited the resort to question AIADMK MLA Palaniyappan with regard to a crime, he said. Police however are awaiting a plea from the resort owner asking for security, as only then can it be done, Prasad said.
Speaking to the media in Madurai, Dinakaran repeated that his target was not the government but Chief Minister Palaniswami.
On September 7, Jakkaiyan, who was among the 21 MLAs backing Dhinakaran, pledged support to the Palaniswami camp. Dhinkaran had dubbed it as a result of “intimidation and lure” tactics of the ruling camp.
On a day of fast-paced developments, Dhinakaran’s loyalist MLA S K T Jakkaiyan switched to the Palaniswami camp which was dubbed by the deputy chief as being due to the “intimidation and lure” of the ruling camp.
Clarifying that some 19 MLAs supporting him were staying at a resort in Puducherry not out of fear but to teach a lesson to those who dared announce the plan to remove party chief V K Sasikala, Dinakaran said he was waging a war.