Subbaiah, who was a former minister in AIADMK government and is an influential leader, was organising secretary in Dhinakaran’s party. According to Subbiah, he will join AIADMK in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Saturday.
He hit the campaign trail several months ago, and has so far adeptly done the caste and religious balance, while appealing to people to rise above both. “Those who approach you in the name of religion or caste shouldn’t even come near you,” he says.
Fisheries Minister and AIADMK spokeperson D Jayakumar said that Athawale’s opinion may not be the party’s. “This opinion has come from a minister, not the party. Let the BJP officially make their opinions,” he said.
The decision to “safeguard” MLAs in the Dhinakaran camp could be crucial, as the verdict could throw up several possibilities including the fall of the AIADMK government if the verdict goes in favour of the 18 MLAs.