STALIN READY WITH A PLAN DMK Hopeful of Bringing Down Palani Govt in Budget Session
Unity of AIADMK govt under chief minister Palaniswami cannot be underestimated though
Chennai: The DMK is working towards bringing down the AIADMK regimeattheearliestandpavetheway for fresh assembly elections. Having lost the May 2016 polls by a narrow margin, the party hopes that a midtermpollcouldseeitsreturntopower. “The people of Tamil Nadu wants this government to go. Therefore, to create a situation to dislodge this government, the people of the state should sink political differences and support the state-wide hunger strike on February 22,” DMK working president MK Stalin said on Monday evening. The DMK is banking on a threepronged strategy to bring down the EK Palaniswami government by Marchend.Legalrecourse,masscontactprogrammesandchallengingthe performance of the government are broadly going to be the strategy the DMK think-tank has worked out.
“There have been several illegalities that invalidate the proceedings that unfolded on the day of the trust vote. We will be highlighting these illegalities in court,” DMK MLAPThiagaRajan, who represents Madurai central constituency, told ET. The Palaniswami government won the floor test last Saturday after the assembly Speaker ordered eviction of all DMK members from the House amid chaotic scenes.
“We will also explain to people the pathetic fiscal condition of the state government and highlight the extent of mismanagementtheAIADMKhas done. The state government will have to make a confession of sorts when it presents the budget,” Rajan claimed.
The DMK is confident that the government will not survive the budget sessionwhichisinMarch.“Inthenext 90 days, the government will have to table at least 50 to 60 money bills to meet expenditures of each state departmentandevenasinglemoneybill that is not passed is as good as a noconfidence motion,” Rajan added.
DMK expects Stalin to tap the ‘general disgust’ against MLAs of the ‘proxy’ government of imprisoned AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala. However, a political observer sees basic flaws in Stalin’s strategy. “The DMK has always gone to the peoplewhenevertherewasapolitical crisis in the state. This time, they prefer legal recourse and digital media/ social media politics. This is just not going to work. Where are the districtlevel meetings and ground-level politics that the DMK used to hold under (indisposed) M Karunanidhi,” asked political analyst Perumal Mani. “TheAIADMKrightnowisworking as a collective unit with some great second-level leaders. Structural changesarebeingmade.Thisisanew form of Dravidian politics we are seeing. The entire state watched images of all second-level AIADMK leaders coming together and honouring the chief minister, after Palaniswami occupied the CM’s chamber. The fact that no member of Sasikala family was around him in the room at that point is a clear indication that the present government is working towards buildingapositiveperceptionof itself. If DMK underestimates the strength of thiscurrentcollectiveleadershipof the AIADMK and their ability to run the government, it will be doing so at its own peril,” Mani said.
DMK is confident that the government will not survive the budget session which is in March