AIADMK merger: MLAs supporting Dinakaran check into Puducherry resort

K. Duraimurugan

Anbalagan is the fifth AIADMK minister to be stripped of party post by Dhinakaran. In another tweet, the former minister said, "AIADMK politics is low comedy turning into farce".

The development comes a week after two factions of the AIADMK came together to sideline jailed General Secretary VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran.

Meanwhile, Dhinankaran continued to reshuffle party office-bearers. Later, two more MLAs jointed the Dinakaran camp.

"They can make them at least deputy Chief Minister".

Dinakaran supporter Thanga Tamilselvan told reporters "there will be violence in the party office if such a resolution was passed".

The MLAs backing Dhinakaran later left to a resort in Puducherry. Other MLAs, who checked into the resort before evening included N G Parthiban (Sholingur), C Jayanthi Padmanabhan (Gudiyattan), S Muthiah (Paramakudi), R Thangathurai (Nilakottai) and Mariappam Kennady (Manamadurai).

Seeking to fish in troubled waters, principal Opposition party DMK shot off a letter to the Governor demanding that the Assembly be convened and Palaniswami directed to prove his majority. Governor Rao has assured the political parties that he would be evaluating the situation and would take the required steps as per the laws of the constitution. "Only the general secretary can guide the party", he said. They could have done it after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa died.

Under focus are some 20 DMK MLAs, including Stalin, for carrying banned "ghutka" products into assembly to highlight the issue of poor implementation of ban on the tobacco products in the state.

With the DMK pushing Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy-led government to prove majority in Tamil Nadu assembly, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said TTV Dinakaran, with the support of 19 MLAs and DMK, can bring down the EPS government in the state.

Even Sasikala could have chosen to become chief minister, after becoming the party general secretary, but decided against it and instead chose Paneerselvam, he said. "These appointments were made by Amma and so these would continue".



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