Dinakaran complains Tamil Nadu police harassing MLAs loyal to him — AIADMK crisis

TTV Dinakaran

Amid turf war in the ruling party, and 19 MLAs belonging to the TTV Dhinakaran-faction fearing disqualification and a snap trust vote, the Madras High Court on Thursday barred Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal from conducting a floor test till Wednesday.

DMK working president M K Stalin had chosen the same venue for his public rally on Saturday.TTV Dhinakaran supporters led by former AIADMK MLA R Manoharan had approached Trichy corporation seeking permission for the rally on Monday.

An AIADMK MLA on Thursday told reporters that the TTV Dhinakaran faction has chose to meet the President soon over a wide range of issues.

The court was hearing a petition from the Opposition DMK seeking directions for Governor Vidyasagar Rao to take immediate steps to conduct a floor test.

The rebel leader threatened to pull down the government "to save the AIADMK", the ruling party in Tamil Nadu that has been in turmoil since the death of its supremo J Jayalalithaa in December past year.

Another Dhinakaran loyalist, Thanga Tamilselvan who is now staying at a resort in Karnataka told reporters there that "as a next step we are waiting to meet President and appeal to him".

"You (EPS-OPS) claim you have support of party workers, so if you have the guts, let us face fresh elections", he said.

Appearing for the DMK, senior counsel Kapil Sibal said that the government was trying to manipulate its minority in the House into a majority by taking steps to disqualify the 19 rebel MLAs.

On his rival AIADMK camp's criticism that he has joined hands with DMK in his tussle against Palanisamy, Dhinakaran said "there is no direct or indirect alliance with that party". "To protect our party, I will go to any extent", he said, adding that his faction has 21 MLAs on its side.

Palanisamy, who had "betrayed" AIADMK chief VK Sasikala, will not be "forgiven" by God, Dhinakaran said.

Earlier, the AIADMK, in its general council meeting, had passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary V.K. Sasikala stood expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited.

The meeting in Chennai two days ago had also cancelled all appointments and decisions taken by Sasikala as party chief between December 30, 2016, and February 15, 2017, including the appointment of Dinakaran as deputy general secretary.

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