Following the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs who support TTV Dhinakaran, one of the MLAs Thanga Tamilselvan has reportedly asked why no action was taken against the legislators of O Panneerselvam faction who voted against the government during floor test. Calling the disqualification a murder of democracy, he said the disqualified MLAs will move to court seeking justice, say reports.
Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai has reportedly said that the education portfolio should be moved to State list from the Concurrent list. The AIADMK leader also reportedly asked the Centre to release the fund for Navodaya schools to State government so that the State can use the fund to improve the education in the State.
Tamil Nadu minister Sellur K Raju has reportedly said that people in Tamil Nadu are prosperous under the ruling AIADMK government. He also reportedly slammed DMK that the party thinks of people only when it is not in power. On the other hand, AIADMK thinks of people even when it’s not in power, the minister further reportedly added.
Speaking at a party function in Dindigul on Saturday, DMK working president M K Stalin reportedly said DMK is the only party that comes to the fore to protest for people and will continue the protest against the Centre and State's anti-people policies. The opposition leader also reportedly slammed the ruling AIADMK government in the State for supporting the Hindi imposition by supporting Centre’s Navodaya schools. The Centre betrayed the Tamil Nadu students by giving a fake promise of giving one-year exemption to the State from NEET medical exam, Stalin reportedly added.
According to reports, Tamil Nadu police has deployed police personnel at the resort in Karnataka’s Coorg where AIADMK MLAs supporting TTV Dhinakaran are lodged at. This comes at a time when Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami-led AIADMK (Amma) faction on Tuesday annulled the appointment of V K Sasikala as the general secretary of the party, and also reportedly said that announcements and appointment by TTV Dhinakaran are invalid. Meanwhile, DMK working president and opposition leader M K Stalin on Tuesday reportedly said a case has been filed in the Madras High Court to direct Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to order CM Palaniswami to prove his majority in the State Legislative Assembly.
In the AIADMK (Amma) general council meeting led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, it is decided that all powers borne by the general secretary of the party will now transfer to Chief Coordinator of the party. V K Sasikala’s appointment as party’s general secretary was annulled. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was appointed as the Chief Coordinator of the party.
The ousted AIADMK deputy general secretary has reportedly said that his ‘sleeper cells’ will start supporting him one by one. Having 19 MLAs isolated in a resort in Pondicherry to keep them from getting influenced by the CM, two more MLAs have reportedly joined the TTV faction. He also warned the Chief Minister to ‘step down’ before facing any action, according to reports on NDTV.
Sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran met actor Vishal today at his residence to convey wishes to his sister Aishwarya who got married last Sunday. Dhinakaran reportedly said he will welcome the actor if he enters politics. He also reportedly said, “I will welcome anyone who comes to politics to serve the people”. Vishal, who has won top posts in both the actors and producers associations has the leadership qualities, Dhinakaran added.
According to reports, a Chennai-based advocate named V Elangovan has reportedly filed a petition in the Madras High Court challenging the appointment of O Panneerselvam as the Deputy Chief Minister. The advocate, in his affidavit, stated that the appointment was bad in law, and said, “There is no provision under the Constitution for the appointment of a Deputy Chief Minister”, added reports.
With AIADMK taking topsy-turvy on any given day, actor-politician Karunas who has been openly flaunting his support to TTV Dhinakaran has reportedly said, “If Sasikala is removed from the party, it is like disrespecting her sacrifice. She stayed with amma and was on her side throughout her stay in the hospital”. Incidentally, Thamimun Ansari, U Thaniyarasu and S Karunaas have met both TTV Dhinakaran and Edappadi K Palaniswami, according to media reports. Karunas has also reportedly said that it is improper to remove TTV Dhinakaran from the party.
After the representatives of the CM sort an appointment with the chief election commissioner, TTV’s faction has reportedly issued a written statement to the Election Commission saying that no decision can be taken regarding the ‘two leaves’ symbol or AIADMK without their consultation. The members from EPS-OPS faction will reportedly be meeting the election commissioner to stake the claim of both AIADMK and the ‘two leaves’ symbol.
After RS member Subramaniyan Swami’s tweet about a possible merger between TTV Dhinakaran and DMK, Dhinakaran said that he respects Swamy’s views, according to reports on New Indian Express. While AIADMK is moving closer to the ouster of Sasikala, this unexpected turn will be a huge surprise to the whole of Tamil Nadu. However, DMK’s working president MK Stalin is reportedly hesitant to have the TTV faction in his party.
Although TN Chief Minister on Monday announced the resolution that TTV Dhinakaran has been removed from the post of deputy general secretary of AIADMK and does not have the right to fire anyone, on Tuesday, Dhinakaran reportedly stated that he removed many senior ministers from their posts including organising secretary Saidai Duraisamy. According to media reports, Saidai Duraisamy alleged that he was not part of the AIADMK party from 15th December 2016, and has no connection with the political issues that are currently happening.