Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram has today urged Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao not to give time to AIADMK leaders to artificially alter strength. ” TN Assembly has 233 members. Governor should not allow time to artificially alter the strength,” he said a tweet. In another tweet, the former minister said, “AIADMK politics is low comedy turning into farce. Where is TN Governor?”.
Earlier in the day, the governor assured a delegation of Opposition leaders led by DMK that he would take required action when being told of the “minority” status of ruling AIADMK in the state Assembly, DMK leader Duraimurugan, said as per IANS.
Speaking to reporters after meeting reporters, he said that the Opposition parties had submitted a letter to the governor and also discussed with him on the need for Chief Minister E Palaniswami to prove his government’s majority in the floor of the Assembly. The delegation told him that with the withdrawal of support by 19 AIADMK MLAs recently to Palaniswami, the government is now on the minority.
As per Duraimurugan, the governor told the delegation that he was aware of the development and will take needed action. He led the delegation consisting of DMK, Congress and IUML leaders.Last Tuesday, 19 MLAs of the AIADMK belonging to VK Sasikala- TTV Dinakaran faction submitted letters to Rao, withdrawing support to E Palaniswami, saying they wanted a new Chief Minister in the state, the agency report added.
The Dinakaran faction took the move as it was sidelined after the merger between factions led by O Panneerselvam and Chief Minister Palaniswami. The former recently took oath as deputy chief minister. After the merger, both leaders had also announced that steps would be taken to remove Sasikala from the General Secretary’s post, IANS added.