Guv ar­rives, to meet DMK del­e­ga­tion to­day

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - @Chen­nai

AS the fra­ter­nal feud within the rul­ing AIADMK plumbed to greater depths, the cho­rus for a trust vote is grow­ing louder, with the prin­ci­pal op­po­si­tion DMK meet­ing Gover­nor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Sun­day morn­ing. Dis­sent­ing MLAs within the rul­ing AIADMK, mean­while, said they would meet the Pres­i­dent if the Gover­nor re­fused to grant them time.

A cru­cial meet­ing has been con­vened in Chen­nai on Mon­day, when se­nior lead­ers of the rul­ing fac­tions are ex­pected to take key de­ci­sions in­clud­ing con­ven­ing the gen­eral coun­cil to ini­ti­ate the process of ex­pelling gen­eral sec­re­tary VK Sasikala. Amid this, a rul­ing party MLA dropped another bomb, sug­gest­ing that the House be dis­solved to pave the way for fresh elec­tions.

The ca­coph­ony within has only grown, with ousted deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary TTV Dhi­nakaran terming his ri­vals, Chief Min­is­ter ‘Edap­padi’ K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam, as be­tray­ers. The lat­ter fac­tion hit back strongly, call­ing Dhi­nakaran a ‘black­mailer’.

THREE AIADMK MLAs and an MP in Cud­dalore district al­leged that T T V Dhi­nakaran had been at­tempt­ing to lure them to his camp by en­tic­ing them with money, lu­cra­tive posts in the party and also min­is­te­rial berths.

Af­ter Vrid­dhacha­lam MLA V T Kalai­sel­van switched to Dhi­nakaran camp on Fri­day, the other MLAs – N Mu­rugu­maran of Kat­tuman­narkoil, K A Pan­dian of Chi­dambaram and Sathya Pa­neer­sel­vam of Pan­ruti - led by Cud­dalore MP A Arun­mozide­van jointly met re­porters here on Satur­day. All of them af­firmed their loy­al­ties to Edap­padi K Palaniswami and strongly crit­i­cised Dhi­nakaran.

Arun­mozide­van ac­cused that Sasikala fam­ily had been propos­ing P Dhana­pal’s name for Chief Min­is­ter’s post only to cre­ate a con­fu­sion in the party. “There are no caste or re­li­gious dif­fer­en­ti­a­tions in AIADMK, but Sasikala’s fam­ily, who are not even the mem­bers of the party, are at­tempt­ing to cre­ate a rift in the party on caste lines,” he charged.

“Ev­ery­day, Dhi­nakaran is re­mov­ing many se­nior party func­tionar­ies ap­pointed by Jay­alalithaa. I have spo­ken to the func­tionar­ies re­moved by Dhi­nakaran over phone,” Arun­mozide­van said. “Through po­lit­i­cal bro­kers, Dhi­nakaran is try­ing to lure other AIADMK MLAs. But he can­not suc­ceed in it. All MLAs are stand­ing firmly with Edap­padi K Palaniswami’s gov­ern­ment and I hope the MLAs in Dhi­nakaran’s camp will soon sup­port Palaniswami.”

Arun­mozide­van replied am­bigu- ously on if he him­self and the three MLAs ac­cept Sasikala as party’s gen­eral sec­re­tary. “The mat­ter is pend­ing with the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion. Let us see its de­ci­sion first. Wher­ever the two leaves’ symbol is, we would be there,” he added.

The MP and the MLAs ruled out the in­ter­fer­ence of the Cen­tre in their af­fairs. “Ru­mours are do­ing rounds that I am go­ing to the Dhi­nakaran camp. That is not true. I will con­tinue to sup­port Palanisami’s gov­ern­ment,” Kat­tum­man­narkoil MLA N Mu­rugu­maran said.

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Leg­is­la­tors and MP from Cud­dalore speak­ing to re­porters on Satur­day |

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