AIADMK merger fallout: TTV Dinakaran loyalists withdraw support to CM Palaniswami as DMK’s Stalin demands floor test

AIADMK merger fallout: Following Stalin's demand for a floor test, at least 15 MLAs supporting Dinakaran were shifted to two resorts in Puducherry. Fresh roadblocks seemed to have appeared before Palaniswami as 10 more MLAs are likely to join Dinakaran camp, as per sources in both camps.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 23, 2017 7:25 am
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A day after the warring factions of AIADMK called truce and merged into one party, MLAs owing allegiance to jailed party secretary V K Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran on Tuesday expressed their unhappiness over the decision and told the Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao that they no longer have the confidence in Chief Minister K Palaniswami. “We are going to initiate efforts to bring in a new CM with the help of our supporting MLAs,” Dhinakaran supporter and Andipatti MLA Thanga Tamil Selvan told mediapersons after a meeting with the Governor.

Citing ‘unprecedented constitutional crisis’, principal opposition DMK shot off a letter to the Governor asking him to convene a special assembly. “In the wake of 22 MLAs withdrawing support for CM, we demand for a no-confidence motion,” said DMK treasurer MK Stalin. The DMK leader also took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying PM who delivered an anti-corruption speech on August 15 has helped merge “two corrupt factions” in Tamil Nadu. He was reacting to allegations that the alliance was brokered by the BJP-led Central government.

Following Stalin’s demand for a floor test, at least 15 MLAs supporting Dinakaran were shifted to two resorts in Puducherry. Fresh roadblocks seemed to have appeared before Palaniswami as 10 more MLAs are likely to join the Dinakaran camp, as per sources in both camps.

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On Monday, the Dinakaran camp had claimed the support of 25 AIADMK MLAs, a number that could potentially risk the majority the ruling party currently enjoys in the Assembly. At present, the AIADMK has 134 legislators, excluding the Speaker out of the 234-member Assembly, while the Opposition DMK has 89 seats followed by its allies Congress with eight and IUML with one seat.

Questioning the merger of the two rival factions, Dinakaran supporter and Andipatti MLA Thanga Tamil Selvan stated that their intention was now to hold a trust vote. “Our intention is that there should be a trust vote. So after that a new Chief Minister will be in place,” he claimed. He also slammed Palaniswami for aligning with Panneerselvam, who had been critical of the government till very recently. “The 122 (AIADMK) MLAs had made Palaniswami Chief Minister because Chinnamma (Sasikala) asked us to do so. Panneerselvam had voted against the government (in the February 18 trust vote).

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“He wanted to split the party and topple the government. Yet you give the Deputy Chief Minister’s post to him. What is the need for that now?” he asked. Selvan also criticised efforts to overthrow V K Sasikala from the party, claiming it was she who ensured the continuation of the AIADMK government following Panneerselvam’s rebellion in February.

Meanwhile, Dinakaran announced removal of senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam from the primary membership of the party. The decision came a day after Vaithilingam, a loyalist of Palaniswami, said steps would be taken for the removal of Sasikala from the AIADMK.

Earlier, Dinakaran had described the merger as a “betrayal” of party general secretary Sasikala. “It is not a merger. It is a commercial agreement reached for self-interest and hunger for positions and to protect posts,” Dinakaran had charged.

Yesterday, Panneerselvam was sworn-in as the deputy Chief Minister and was also given the plump portfolio of Finance, among others.

Meanwhile, CM Palaniswami had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by phone and thanked him for extending support to his government, an official release said. Following the announcement of merger, Modi had extended “all possible support” to the Palaniswami government.

With PTI inputs

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    t d
    Aug 23, 2017 at 8:06 am
    It is the worst politics, I have ever seen in my life. It is better to go in for President's rule for the remaining period and then go for elections. Thus the election expenditure can be avoided till the present term expires and public also get relief from such dirty politics
    1. K
      Aug 23, 2017 at 5:42 am
      Before RSS Cancer Turns TN into another Kerala Amit Shah and Bhaghwat style politics must not be allowed in TN.
      1. R Namasivayam
        Aug 23, 2017 at 5:37 am
        At this rate, T.N. will be pushed far behind BIMARU states in education, employment
        1. U
          Aug 23, 2017 at 3:16 am
          Stalin may be CM next week. It is now end of Amit Shah style politics of power by hook and crook.
          1. K
            Aug 23, 2017 at 2:48 am
            After Failing to Defeat Ahmed Patel in Amit Shah home Turf of Gujarat even after spending one thousand crores, Amit Shah Handed another Defeat in Chinnai. Crooked ways only succeed for time being but in long run these tricks fail in big way. Instead of Koot Niti Amit Shah and Modi would have concentrated on Development of country on which they have failed badly so now most foolish will fall in their lies and all other may get rid of BJP and RSS from the country for good.
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