Gov­er­nor sees AIADMK cri­sis as in­tra-party af­fair: Thiru­mavala­van

Op­po­si­tion par­ties had sought Rao’s in­ter­ven­tion

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Gov­er­nor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao on Wed­nes­day re­port­edly told a del­e­ga­tion of smaller op­po­si­tion par­ties that he won’t be able to act on the let­ters sub­mit­ted to him by 19 dis­si­dent AIADMK leg­is­la­tors with­draw­ing sup­port to Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami. Soon af­ter Vidutha­lai Chiruthai­gal Katchi leader Thol Thiru­mavala­van, who was a mem­ber of the del­e­ga­tion, re­vealed this as the Gov­er­nor’s stance, it evoked a strong re­ac­tion with sev­eral lead­ers ques­tion­ing Mr. Rao’s in­dif­fer­ence.

“The Gov­er­nor said that un­der the cur­rent cir­cum­stances, the law does not let him in­ter­vene in this prob­lem. His rea­son­ing is that all 19 MLAs con­tinue to be AIADMK mem­bers and the gov­ern­ment has not lost ma­jor­ity. The Gov­er­nor can­not in­ter­vene un­less they are re­moved from the party or if they join a new party. This then re­mains a quar­rel within their party,” Mr. Thiru­mavala­van told jour­nal­ists out­side the Raj Bha­van. Ac­cord­ing to him, the Gov­er­nor had told the del­e­ga­tion that he would in­ter­vene if fu­ture de­vel­op­ments call for it.

“When we met the Gov­er­nor, he said, ‘The ball has not come into my court.’ We said, ‘The ball is in your court. You should take the shot,’” said M.H. Jawahir­ul­lah, MMK president.

Ob­ject­ing to Gov­er­nor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao’s re­ported re­marks that the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cri­sis was an in­ter­nal af­fair of the rul­ing All In­dia Anna Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam, Leader of the Op­po­si­tion M.K. Stalin on Wed­nes­day ac­cused the Gov­er­nor of “play­ing politics” in­stead of ask­ing Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami to prove his ma­jor­ity in the As­sem­bly.

“The Gov­er­nor had or­dered a trust vote when for­mer Chief Min­is­ter O. Pan­neer­sel­vam with the sup­port of 10 MLAs de­manded it. Did not he re­alise then that it was an ‘in­ner party af­fair’ of a po­lit­i­cal party,” Mr. Stalin told re­porters.

“It is un­be­com­ing of a Gov­er­nor to have held to­gether the hands of lead­ers of the two fac­tions of the AIADMK.

BJP’s role

The BJP has a clear role. It looks like fish trad­ing on a beach,” he said. “The DMK is con­sid­er­ing le­gal opin­ion whether it should use its ball,” he said.

Mr. Stalin charged that the AIADMK gov­ern­ment was be­ing run as per the whims of the BJP gov­ern­ment. “You must have seen the ef­forts taken by BJP to bring to­gether the two fac­tions,” he said. In a statement, PMK founder S. Ra­ma­doss de­scribed as “ir­re­spon­si­ble act” the re­ported ar­gu­ment of the Gov­er­nor that the with­drawal of sup­port to the Chief Min­is­ter by 19 AIADMK MLAs was an in­ter­nal af­fair of the rul­ing party.

“It re­mains a mys­tery why the Gov­er­nor is hes­i­tat­ing to or­der a con­fi­dence vote. In a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in Kar­nataka, the then Gov­er­nor Bharadwaj di­rected the Chief Min­is­ter B.S. Yed­dyu­rappa to prove his ma­jor­ity af­ter 11 BJP MLAs with­drew their sup­port,” he added.

VCK leader Thiru­mavala­van, who had met the Gov­er­nor seek­ing a floor test, said, “We met him for 10 min­utes and he made it clear that he would not in­ter­vene. When we told him that 19 MLAs had with­drawn sup­port to the gov­ern­ment, all he would say was that he would act ac­cord­ing to law,” he said. “When we said that the gov­ern­ment has lost ma­jor­ity, the Gov­er­nor dis­agreed,” he added.

Sup­port for Gov­er­nor

How­ever, State BJP president Tamil­i­sai Soundarara­jan, who did not fore­see the prospects of a gen­eral elec­tion be­ing held in Tamil Nadu now, said the Gov­er­nor’s han­dling of the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion has been good. Ex­pect­ing him to act the way the Op­po­si­tion wanted was un­fair.

CPI State sec­re­tary R. Mutha­rasan hinted that the op­po­si­tion will con­sider pub­lic ag­i­ta­tions if there are no pos­i­tive out­comes from their sched­uled meet­ing with the President of In­dia on Thurs­day.

“Even if the 19 MLAs have not left their party, the fact that they sub­mit­ted let­ters with­draw­ing sup­port to the CM means that this gov­ern­ment has lost its ma­jor­ity. The ques­tion is not whether they are still AIADMK mem­bers,” CPI (M) leader G. Ra­makr­ish­nan said.

Gov­er­nor calling the with­drawal of sup­port as in­tra­party af­fairs is ir­re­spon­si­ble S. Ra­ma­doss PMK founder

Ch. Vidyasagar Rao

Seek­ing ac­tion: Op­po­si­tion lead­ers G. Ra­makr­ish­nan, Thol. Thiru­mavala­van, M. H. Jawahir­ul­lah and R. Mutha­rasan ad­dress­ing re­porters on Wed­nes­day.

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