Court sets symbol deadline; EPS hits out at TTV’s greed
Hauls him over coals for betraying Jaya’s legacy by aligning with the DMK, since his loyalist impleaded himself in a petition in HC filed by Stalin on the trust vote
AMID the fluid situation in the ruling party, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday set an October 31 deadline for the Election Commission of India to take a call on the AIADMK’s frozen Two Leaves symbol.
Disposing of a public interest litigation, a Bench comprising justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan said: “Any delay in the matter would seriously hamper the functioning of the political parties in their political activities.” It wondered why the EC was proceeding at a snail’s pace when it was quick and snappy in a similar dispute involving the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh.
This was the third timeline that came from high court benches in connection with the party turf war. While one pertained to the bar on holding floor test in the State Assembly before September 20, the other one was October
23, when a division bench will hear a challenge to the ruling party conducting its general council meeting.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami tore into rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran and dared him to let off the
18 MLAs shepherded by him in a resort in Karnataka. “You are keeping some MLAs promising them allurements. Just let them off. Straightaway they will come to us,” he said. Stating that Dhinakaran was keen on capturing the party and government, Palaniswami said: “The party cadre and office bearers have closed the doors on you. You are trying to capture the party and government through crooked means. It won’t happen.”
Earlier in the day, Palaniswami and Advocate General Vijay Narayan held discussions with Speaker P Dhanapal at the Secretariat. Indications from the Speaker’s office suggested that the disciplinary action against the rebel could end up in disqualification.
You are keeping some MLAs, promising them allurements. Just let them off. Straightaway they will come to us Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister
CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday dared rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran to let off the 18 MLAs sheperded in a resort in Karnataka, saying they would immediately reach the ruling side. He also warned Dhinakaran that his efforts to capture the party and power through crooked means would not succeed.
“You are keeping some MLAs promising them allurements. Just let them off. Straightaway they will come to us,” the chief minister said while addressing a public meeting to mark the birthday of late chief minister C N Annadurai, held at Kancheepuram.
Stating that Dhinakaran was keen on capturing the party and government, Palaniswami said: “The party cadre and office bearers have closed the doors on Dhinakaran. You are tyring to capture the party and government through crooked means. It won’t happen.
On Thursday, Perambur MLA P Vetrivel impleaded himself in the petition filed by the DMK regarding the trust vote before the Madras High Court. “Will any one of the AIADMK cadre here align with the DMK? Those who are loyal to the AIADMK will not commit that blunder. Today, Dhinakaran is justifying this action of Vetrivel. Just imagine. If Amma was alive today, what would have happened to you for committing this blunder?”
Referring to the remark of Dhinakaran that “we will send Edappadi packing to his native place very soon,” the chief minister said, “Yes, we have come here from our residences and we will go back to our residences after the meeting. But in your case, you will reach maamiyar veedu (mother-inlaw’s house - slang for prison) because, Amma’s soul will not spare those who have betrayed her.”
Keeping up his attack, the chief minister said: “We were all duly election through the organisation elections. But Dhinakaran became member of the party overnight after a long gap and within a day, he became deputy general secretary and in no time, he had relieved all of us from the party posts. Have you heard of this anywhere else? he wondered.
“Dhinakaran now claims he had given us seats to contest the elections. I contested nine times from the same constituency without anyone’s recommendation but only with the popularity of Amma. Did you campaign for me? Or were you instrumental in getting the Edappadi seat for me or helped me win? No. Then how can you claim rights now? We have come up in the party through sheer hardwork. What is your connection with this party and government? he thundered.
CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam paying floral tributes to late CM Annadurai to mark his 109th birth anniversary in the city on Friday