Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK has landed in a fresh trouble a day after two warring factions joined hands, paving way for the merger of AIADMK units held by Palaniswami and Pannerselvam.
Seeking to fish in troubled waters, principal opposition party DMK approached the governor demanding that the Assembly be convened and Palaniswami directed to prove his majority.
DMK working president and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly M K Stalin, in a letter to Rao, said that “consequent upon identical letters given by 22 MLAs to the governor expressing lack of confidence in the chief minister, an unprecedented constitutional crisis has erupted.”
Any inordinate delay in asking the chief minister to prove majority would pave the way for the continuance of an “unconstitutional” government, Stalin said in the letter.
“As the leader of Opposition, I, therefore, request the governor to direct Palaniswami to prove his majority in the House immediately,” Stalin said.
Earlier in the day, MLAs loyal to VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran met with governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and told him that they have lost confidence in Chief Minister EK Palaniswami
“We are going to initiate efforts to bring in a new chief minister with the help of our supporting MLAs,” Dhinakaran’s supporter and Andipatti MLA Thanga Tamil Selvan said.
MLAs backing Dhinakaran later proceeded to a resort in the neighboring Puducherry.
Troubled by the developments, CM Palaniswami went into a huddle with his Deputy Panneerselvam to chalk out a strategy.
AIADMK has four legislators in Puducherry Assembly and have identified them as AIADMK (Amma).
In the 234-member Assembly, the AIADMK has 134 MLAs, excluding the Speaker. Late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar constituency is still vacant.
The DMK has 89 seats followed by its allies Congress eight and IUML one.