Rebel MLAs respond to Speaker’s notice
Question whip’s authority to take action against them
Nineteen rebel AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran handed over their replies to the Speaker on Wednesday in response to the show-cause notices issued to them on the recommendation of the Chief Government Whip.
Talking to reporters after submitting the replies, rebel MLAs P. Vetrivel and Thangatamilselvan said, “We have explained that the notices would not bind us in any way. We have said that the notices are not legally valid.”
They said the notices questioned them for calling on the Governor and demanding replacement of the Chief Minister.
“How is this just? How can the whip issue such a notice?” they asked. “If is a violation, we will keep doing it,” asserted Mr. Vetrivel. If the meeting with the Governor did not yield results, they would call on the President, Mr. Thangatamilselvan said. On the reported statement by Governor that the the developments were “internal party dispute” of the AIADMK, the Andipatti MLA said, “We have said we don’t have confidence in the Chief Minister and it is not an internal party dispute.” Commenting on the reported statement made by the Governor to the opposition parties that the developments were “internal party dispute” of the AIADMK, the Andipatti MLA said, “We have said we don’t have confidence in the Chief Minister and it is not an internal party dispute.” As for any possible floor test, Mr. Vetrivel said, “Let it come and we will face it.”
‘Not lured by money’
Earlier in the day, Mr. Thangatamilselvan said in Puducherry that the faction led by Mr. Dhinakaran was steadfast in its two-point demand: a floor test and replacement of the Chief Minister.
Mr. Thangatamilselvan said that it was not necessary for the Dhinakaran faction to lure MLAs by offering money. “If we have intended to lure the MLAs that way, we would have definitely got more than 100 MLAs on our side,” he said.