TTV’s support grows; DMK seeks trust vote
The people of Tamil Nadu are in for an action-packed week as State politics took curious turns and twists on Sunday as the number of AIADMK MLAs openly supporting TTV Dinakaran shot up to 26.
With the war of nerves between the EPS and TTV camps reaching a feverish pitch, Subramanian Swamy, an MP and senior BJP leader, tweeted that TN was in for a major political change. “Great Tamil Nadu setback in store: Stalin and TTV Dinakaran will form a new coalition Government in the next few days,” Swamy tweeted during the day which sent political observers speechless for hours. “Palaniswami has lost the majority and the Government will fall any time from now,” the BJP MP told The Pioneer.
The day also saw MK Kanimozhi, an MP who is the daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, leading a delegation of party workers to Raj Bhavan where they handed over a petition to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao asking him to issue a directive to Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami to seek a trust vote in the TN Assembly at the earliest.
The delegation included Durai Murugan, deputy leader of the DMK in the Assembly. The DMK delegation calling on Governor Rao was in continuation of the letter sent to the latter by party working president MK Stalin last week with a similar demand. The delegation which called on the Governor also included MLAs from the DMK’s alliance partners, the Congress and the Muslim League.
Leaders of the Opposition parties told the Governor that Palaniswami has lost the right to continue in office as he was heading a minority Government following the withdrawal of support by 19 MLAs from the ruling party itself. “We have submitted a memorandum to the Governor. Our leader would decide about the next course of action,” said Kanimozhi while speaking to journalists after the meeting the Governor.
As five more MLAs from the AIADMK joined the Dinakaran camp, the latter struck by Sunday noon. Palaniswamy was eased out as the Salem district secretary of the AIADMK by Dinakaran, who himself was removed by the former early last week.
The Dinakaran-DMK relationship is nothing new, pointed out veteran political commentators in the State. “You should remember that it was Karunanidhi who played the role of match-maker and purohit (priest) in the marriage between Sasikala and Natarajan. The latter is known for his closeness to the Karunanidhi family,” he said.
Reacting to Swamy’s comment, Dinakaran told journalists at Theni that he holds the BJP leader in high regards and esteem. “Swamy knows Tamil Nadu politics better than anybody else. Morever, we have worked with him during 1996-99,” said the AIADMK leader.
However, a crucial meeting of the merged factions of AIADMK will be held at the party headquarters to decide on the modalities of ousting jailed interim general secretary VK Sasikala and also to declare the actions taken by her nephew TTV Dinakaran against party office bearers, said a senior party leader.
“The meeting will be attended by the members of Executive Committee, the newly set up coordination committee, MPs and MLAs,” the leader who did not want to be identified said.
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