AIADMK crisis: 35 MLAs skip meeting chaired by Palaniswami

The recent developments after the merger of the two AIADMK factions reflect that the merger hasn’t gone down well with the party legislators.

The Edapaddi Palaniswami-led government in Tamil Nadu plunged into a fresh controversy on Monday, when 35 MLAs did not attend a meeting chaired by the chief minister and O Panneerselvam in Chennai.

Dinakaran’s known supporters were not invited for the meeting, but what came as a shock for the leaders was the abstention of 35 MLAs who were believed to be by the EPS-OPS side.

In the meeting, the united factions announced that the party general council and executive committee will meet on September 12 as part of the process to remove V K Sasikala from the post of general secretary and Dinakaran as the deputy general secretary.

In the resolution passed at the meeting, the EPS-OPS camp termed the appointments made by Dinakaran invalid, as the leader had no authority or eligibility to appoint or sack the office bearers. His announcements will not be binding on the party functions.

Dinakaran and nineteen party legislators had met Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao last week claiming the support of at least 22 MLAs. Dinakaran had also demanded that Palaniswami be removed from the chief minister’s post.

With another 27 MLAs choosing not to attend the meeting, the future looks bleak for Palaniswami and his party.

Meanwhile, taking advantage of the internal dispute, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham Working President and leader of the Opposition MK Stalin has twice demanded a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

The AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the 233-member House. However, with 22 MLAs pledging their support to Dinakaran and another 27 MLAs giving a shocker to the ruling party, there is unrest in Tamil Nadu and a floor test if conducted, is set to bring the curtains on the future of the ruling Government.

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