Ousted AIADMK leader and former deputy general secretary of the party TTV Dhinakaran hit out at the party and the Chief Minister again. He has started a war of words with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and vowed to end this rule of betrayal within a week.
On Friday, September 15, Dhinakaran launched a fresh attack on his rival, saying that his faction having any direct or indirect pact with MK Stalin-led DMK and that the AIADMK is his primary rival.
"The short-cut adopted by Palanisamy is, he tried to have the floor test by Monday, September 18, after disqualification (of Dhinakaran’s supporting MLAs)," he alleged. By doing so, Palanisamy may not require to garner the required support of 117 MLAs to win the trust vote, he said.
AIADMK retaliated to Dhinakaran’s claims of shaking the Palaniswami government. On Sunday, September 17, fisheries minister D Jayakumar likened Dhinakaran to a “thief who attempted to rob by jumping over the wall with a “monitor lizard”. “But, he gave it up seeing the public. Likewise Dhinakaran’s tricks will not work.”
Dhinakaran claimed 21 AIADMK MLAs were now against the chief minister and wanted his removal, a demand raised with the Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.
Dhinakaran said that the government would fall within a week. He also dared Palaniswami to quit from the post of Chief Minister and get re-elected if he has the confidence to pull-off a victory.
(With inputs from PTI)