CM offers Rs 20 cr bribe to shift loyalty: Rebel MLA

| | Chennai

A day after VK Sasikala was eased out from the post of general secretary by the General Council of the AIADMK, Senthil Balaji, a rebel MLA owing allegiance to her came out in the open and alleged that the Edappadi Palaniswami Government of was threatening him to shift loyalty.

“A police officer met me on Thursday and asked me to shift my loyalty of Palaniswami. He also told me that the CM would give me Rs 1 crore to Rs 20 crore if I shifted camps,” said Balaji. But he did not reveal the name of the police officer who threatened him.

Menawhile, the Opposition DMK said that the days of the EPS Government has been numbered.

“The count down has begun for the fall of the Government,” said Saravanan, the DMK spokesman. 

“The count down has begun for the fall of the Government. The State has been crippled by the agitation launched by the DMK for dumping the NEET. Functioning of the Government offices have come to a standstill following the agitation by Government employees,” said Saravanan, the DMK spokesman. 

Senthil Balaji’s allegations come after reports of a team of Tamil Nadu police raided the resort in Coorg, Karnataka on Tuesday where some of the MLAs owing allegiance to TTV Dinakaran were staying.

Though the Tamil Nadu Government did not react to the allegations by Balaji, sources in Chennai Police said that the cops had gone to the resort in search of an MLA against whom a criminal complaint has been filed for charges of murder.

Dinakaran, who too was removed as the deputy general secretary of the party, too reiterated the charges by Balaji about the threats issued by the police. It may be remembered that the Palaniswami Government has been left with the support of 111 MLAs in the House which has an effective strength of 234. The opposition DMK has claimed that the Palaniswai Government was short of seven MLAs to have absolute majority in the House.

The DMK with the support of other opposition parties have launched multi-pronged agitations against the Government from Wednesday, said Saravanan. It held State-wide agitations demanding total exemption for Tamil Nadu from NEET . Various trade unions of Government employees affiliated to the DMK , CPI(M), CPI and VCK are agitating all over Tamil Nadu demanding the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, reverting the new pension scheme to the old scheme and scrapping of contributory pension scheme for employees.

“Palaniswami Government is surviving in office only because of the life-support offered by the BJP-led Centre. It is the BJP which is propping up this unpopular Government,” said Saravavan. 



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