Hardening his stance, Dhinakaran, who had been demanding that chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami be replaced, has now threatened to topple the government, presumably with the help of DMK's 89 MLAs. "When asked as to what renovation the civic body is planning on the ground, the officials told us that the stage was undergoing renovation", said Manoharan.
September 14: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Thursday rubbished the speculations of sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran joining hands with them and added that same interest doesn't mean joining hands together.
The Dinakaran camp claims a support of 19 MLAs. By doing so, Palanisamy may not require to garner the required support of 117 MLAs to win the trust vote, he said. A seat is lying vacant after the death of Jayalalithaa.
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Speaking to ANI, DMK leader A. Saravanan said it is a fallacy to say that the party is going to join hands with them. "They want elections to happen and so they moved the court (for floor test)", he said.
Senior ruling party leader and Deputy Speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman hit out at Stalin for desiring to become an "instant Chief Minister", and mocked at him saying it will remain a "pipe dream". Apart from DMK, Congress Legislature Party, IUML Legislature Party and all other opposition parties have already given a request to the Governor to direct the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the House, petitioner pointed out. "To protect our party, I will go to any extent", he said, adding that his faction has 21 MLAs on its side.
"You should question me if only I align with DMK after this government goes", he said. According to media reports from the Asian News Service, the camp led by Dhinakaran argued before the poll watchdog that All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam General Council meet where VK Sasikala was removed would not be considered legal.
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.