Before the two reunited factions of AIADMK could breathe a moment of relief, a fresh trouble awaits them as 19 dissident legislators of AIADMK withdrew support from Chief Minister E Palaniswami, potentially putting the government at risk.
The MLAs, led by the sacked deputy general secretary of the party, TTV Dinakaran, decided to call out to the governor C Vidyasagar Rao expressing their lack of confidence in the Chief Minister.
If this happens and they manage to prevail upon the governor to call for a trust vote, chief minister Edapaddi Palanisami could struggle to gather a majority, potentially reducing his government to a minority and sparkling fresh political turmoil in the state.
Currently, AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the 233-member House and a seat lies vacant after the death of chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
The majority stands at 117 members and the ruling government stands ahead at the moment. But, if the 18 MLAs decide to part ways, the government would be in danger.
Their working president MK Stalin accused the Centre and the BJP of directing the actions of the AIADMK factions.
“Both the factions of AIADMK have surrendered to the BJP. Story, screenplay, direction all from Delhi. OPS and EPS are actors in this drama. Tamil Nadu is not going to gain anything from this merger,” Stalin said.
However, Dinakaran’s statement do not indicate a complete breakdown within the AIADMK, it hints at a possible emergence of three party factions each led by EPS, OPS and TTV Dinakaran.
“This is a fight between two brothers. I urge the media not to politicise it. I will unite both the EPS and OPS factions,” he said at a press conference on Friday. Dinakaran, however, alleged that some AIADMK ministers want to alienate him and oust him and his family from the party.
With the announcement of the merger of AIADMK coming a day ago, the resignation by the 19 MLAs has brought a new twist in the tale and everyone looks forward to the next move by the newly reunited AIADMK.