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


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 "sacked" party deputy chief Dhinakaran appointed P Palaniappan as the new party headquarter secretary.

September 14: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Thursday rubbished the speculations of sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran joining hands with them and added that same interest doesn't mean joining hands together. "This apart, many more MLAs who had earlier voted in support of the incumbent Chief Minister have also started to withdraw their support", Stalin's plea stated. He said the State government enjoyed majority as all "134 AIADMK MLAs" supported it.

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 a year ago.

Saravanan further said that the party wants the present state government to go because they are destroying the state of Tamil Nadu and in these last six months they have done nothing.

Senior ruling party leader and Deputy Speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman hit out at Stalin for desiring to become an "instant Chief Minister", and mocked at him saying it will remain a "pipe dream". "The minority government will try to show that it has majority in the Assembly", the counsel for DMK told the court. "There is no direct or indirect alliance with that party", he asserted.

But Dinakaran said it was not a general council meeting where such decisions could be taken.

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

Besides, the 98 MLAs of the DMK and its allies in the opposition had expressed their "unequivocal no-confidence" in the government, it said, adding, "Hence, it is clear that the the government has lost its majority".

"You should question me if only I align with DMK after this government goes", he said.

The TTV Dhinakaran faction also met the officials from the Election Commission (EC) and requested them to declare the recently-conducted general council meeting of the party null and void.