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

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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

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