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

The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

In Kancheep­u­ram,

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

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