There’s trouble in paradise for AIADMK’s rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran. While he claims that 21 ministers from AIADMK support him, he panicked when one minister, STK Jakkaiyan returned to the camp of chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
Dhinakaran wasted no time in shifting the ministers who support him five hundred kilometers away from Pondicherry, where the MLAs were allegedly kept to prevent poaching, to Coorg.
Jakkaiyan had allegedly demanded that Dhinakaran give him the post of headquarters secretary or presidium chairman. He however later decided to join the EPS faction, told Dhinakaran to reporters when he went to meet governor C Vidyasagar Rao seeking a no-trust vote against the Palaniswami government.
The Times of India quoted Jakkaiyan saying, “I was part of the delegation which withdrew support to the chief minister. But, I came to know the DMK is trying to use the division within AIADMK to topple the government. This government was formed by Amma, who wanted the party to keep a firm hold on the government reins.”
“It is only the chief minister who has the majority of MLAs. There will always be some differing minority voices. But, everyone should speak in one voice for the sake of the party,” he further said.
Eighteen rebel MLAs pledging support to Dhinakaran had checked into a resort in Pondicherry on August 22. They were later joined by Perambur MLA and vocal Dhinakaran supporter P Vetrivel.
The total amount spent on the MLAs’ stay in Pondicherry was Rs 30,40,000 for 17 days.
From August 22 to August 25 the amount was Rs 5 lakh. From August 25 to August 27 it was Rs 7 lakh. From August 27 to September 7, when the MLAs left Pondicherry for Coorg, the amount was Rs 18,40,000.