AIADMK crisis escalates as TTV Dhinakaran fires salvo

Legislators and MP from Cuddalore speaking to reporters on Saturday | EXPRESS

Legislators and MP from Cuddalore speaking to reporters on Saturday | EXPRESS

Meanwhile, continuing his sacking spree of AIADMK leaders from their party posts to establish his supremacy within the party, "ousted" Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran on Sunday dismissed Chief Minister K.Palaniswami as the party's Salem Suburban District Secretary.

At that time, all ministers and the chief minister had wanted her to take over the reins, but had now turned against her, the sidelined leader said. Dhinakaran had termed the merger as a "betrayal" of Sasikala.

Party sources said that Mr. Dhinakaran may seek legal recourse if the Tamil Nadu Governor fails to take action. "No one has the power to topple this government", he added, even as the government stood on the brink of collapse on account of Dhinakaran's move. Reshuffling the party's doctors wing, he relieved S Muthiah and Lok Sabha MP P Venugopal as its president and secretary respectively.Dhinakaran elevated the doctor wing's joint secretary K Kathirkamu, MLA, presently camping at Puducherry with other MLAs supporting Dhinakaran, as president of the wing. This includes DMK (89), and its allies Congress (8), and Muslim League (1). Leaders of the DMK are expected to meet Tamil Nadu Governor Vidhyasagar Rao to press for Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy to prove majority in the house.

"If the governor allows the government to continue it will be unconstitutional, undemocratic and against the ethics of politics", said Murugan.

Tamil Nadu which has been witnessing political turmoil since the hospitalization of Jayalalithaa in September past year and chaos in the ruling AIADMK after her death in December, awaits the decision of the governor, who has been shuttling between Chennai and Mumbai as he is the governor of both Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. But if the 19 MLAs stick to their withdrawal of support it could bring the government down.

Tamil Nadu has not had a full-time governor in the last one year. "Only the general secretary can guide the party", he said. The petitioner also sought a direction to the governor to conduct the floor test as per the request made by the leader of the opposition to endure that the government functioned in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. "But if notices are issued then it would become serious business", added Sathiya Moorthy.

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