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

T T V Dhinakaran

The court was hearing a plea by ousted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dinakaran's faction, news agency ANI reported.

"The short-cut adopted by Palanisamy is, he tried to have the floor test by Monday (apparently September 18) after disqualification (of his supporting MLAs)", he alleged. The Palaniswamy Government has the support of 111 MLAs while the Opposition DMK and the rebel AIADMK combine has a strength of 117 MLAs in the House.

The AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the 233-member House.

The rebel leader threatened to pull down the government "to save the AIADMK", the ruling party in Tamil Nadu that has been in turmoil since the death of its supremo J Jayalalithaa in December past year.

The Madras High Court on Thursday stayed the conduct of a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly to prove the majority of the Edappadi K Palanisami government till September 20.

One of them shifted camps to support Palanisamy later.

The resolution further said that the Palaniswami and his deputy, Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol.

"There is no history of adharma and betrayal having triumphed".

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 DMK and the Dinakaran faction fear that the Speaker would act against the 19 lawmakers so that the government wins the floor test.

The court asked the government counsel whether action was being contemplated by the Speaker against the 19 legislators belonging to the Dinakaran group who have revolted against the Chief Minister.

Dhinakaran also dubbed the general council meeting, where the decision was taken, as a "public meeting" and said he had undertaken efforts to "send home this regime" (led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami).

"I repeatedly say that DMK is our primary rival".

"I can go to any extent to save the party", he warned.

Vijila Sathyananth, of the Dhinakaran faction, told the media in Chennai that the faction would soon hold a general council meet of the party after the consent of their general secretary - VK Sasikala.

He also faulted the Chief Minister for convening the party General Council to remove her as interim general secretary.

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