Dinakaran complains Tamil Nadu police harassing MLAs loyal to him — AIADMK crisis

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswamy along with ministers pays floral tribute to former chief minister C.N. Annadurai on his 109 birth anniversary on Anna Salai on Friday

The unified ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday asserted that it has enough MLAs to prove its majority in the Assembly, and it was not necessary to conduct a floor test at this juncture.

Sacked AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran on Friday said that they will approach court if the Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly disqualifies the MLAs who are supporting him.

The judge also asked the advocate general to get instructions from the Speaker on the apprehension of the petitioner that the government would call for a floor test after disqualifying the 19 rebel MLAs andadjourned it to afternoon.

The AIADMK, in its general council meeting, passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary V K Sasikala stands expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited.

One of the 19 MLAs, S T K Jakkaiyan had since switched to Palaniswami's camp and he had also reportedly appeared before Dhanapal and given his explanation.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr. Jayaraman referring to Cumbum MLA S.T.K. Jakkaiyan (who switched over to the camp headed by Chief Minister Palaniswami) said other MLAs, who presently owe allegiance to sidelined leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran too would follow suit.


"The ruling party has the support of only 114 legislators", DMK leader M.K. Stalin has said.

As there was no assurance forthcoming, the judge proceeded to observe that when the Speaker was not in a position to say whether he would pass orders, there was nothing wrong in staying the floor test. By doing so, Palanisamy may not require to garner the required support of 117 MLAs to win the trust vote, he said.

Mr. Stalin could not even become the president of his own party and was still the working president, Mr. Jayaraman said and added: "His dream to become the Chief Minister would not come true".

One seat is vacant since the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa a year ago.

The meeting in Chennai two days ago had also cancelled all appointments and decisions taken by Sasikala as party chief between December 30, 2016, and February 15, 2017, including the appointment of Dinakaran as deputy general secretary.

The resolution further said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E. Palanisamy and his deputy, O. Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol.

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