DMK ready to strike as AIADMK merger nears

| | Chennai

While the factions led by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam  inching towards a merger, TTV Dinakaran, who has been eased out of the post of deputy general secretary of the AIADMK on Thursday, made it known on Friday that he would retaliate against those who took the decision to sideline him. But the AIADMK Government is in for more trouble as MK Stalin, Leader of the Opposition and the working president of the DMK, announcing on Friday that his party would bring in a no-confidence motion against the Tamil Nadu Government.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with the district secretaries of the DMK at Chennai, Stalin said his party would bring in a non-confidence motion against the Government. This could pose problems to the AIADMK Government because it has the support of only 124 MLAs in the House which has an effective strength of 234. Though the Chief Minister needs the support of only 118 members to pull along, in the present scenario Palaniswami Government may face the going tough.

The AIADMK (Amma) faction headed by Palaniswami has many MLAs who owe  allegiance to VK Sasikala (the hailed general secretary of the party) and Dinakaran. If they stay away from voting, the DMK-led Opposition which has 98 members could cause havoc to the Chief Minister. The Panneerselvam faction has 10 MLAs and the fate of the Government depends on the merger talks between the  two factions.

The last time Chief Minister Palaniswami faced a trust vote was in February 2017 which saw the Government sailing through amid chaos and confusion. Since that was six months ago, the Opposition can seek a special session and introduce  another no-trust motion against the Government in August. With the factional war in the AIADMK reaching new heights, Stalin is getting ready to strike at the right time.

An extra ordinary situation is prevailing in Tamil Nadu with the various factions of the AIADMK turning against each other. This situation has to go and we should have political stability in the State,” said Stalin.

However, Planiswami told reporters at New Delhi his Government would win any trust votes with increased strength. 



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