Rebel MLAs re­spond to Speaker’s no­tice

Ques­tion whip’s au­thor­ity to take ac­tion against them

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

Thangatamil­sel­van

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