TTV Dhinakaran hits back at 'corrupt' Palaniswami — AIADMK crisis

Continuing his battle of words with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dhinakaran on 16 September stated that the former will soon be in prison for betraying the people of the state.

Speaking to reporters outside his residence at Adyar here, Dhinakaran said, "Adharma and betrayal have never triumphed".

Dhinakaran also blamed the government for not ordering a floor test in Assembly for proving Palaniswami's majority. He had earlier claimed that the Palaniswamy government is offering bribe to his MLAs to back the government failing which they were threatened with police cases against them and their kin. He added that after doing so Palaniswami may not require to garner the required support of 117 MLAs to win the trust vote. The ruling faction is short of the 117 MLAs it needs in the 234-member House to remain in power.

A single judge of the Madras HC dismissed the plea of the Dhinakaran faction for a stay on the general council meeting.

On Friday, Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam held a discussion with the speaker a day after the Government Advocate General told the court that the Speaker had initiated the process to take action on the disqualification notice. Dinakaran further said that the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has given the green signal for holding anti-NEET public rally at the Uzhavar Sandhai grounds on September 19. The court has given the ECI till October 31 to decide which faction of the AIADMK should get the party's two-leaves symbol.

AIADMK faction asked the poll panel to declare Sasikala ouster by opposite faction as "invalid".

Vanessa Coleman