While the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leaders from TTV Dinakaran faction have recently claimed that more MLAs from CM Edappadi Palaniswami’s camp are joining them, opposition leader MK Stalin, on June 6, took a jibe at the Tamil Nadu chief minister asking whether the government will last till June 14 when the Assembly is scheduled. “AIADMK is now heading for a three way split and no one knows how many more groups will be formed in future,” Indian Express quoted Stalin saying.
According to a top AIADMK leader, Dinakaran has a total support of as many as 25 MLAs which includes three ministers and the number is likely to touch 30 by June 7. “Three ministers are expected to meet Dinakaran; they haven’t publicly announced their decision,” he said. However, reacting to Stalin’s claims, state Finance Minister D Jayakumar told Indian Express that there is no threat to the government’s stability. “We have absolute power (majority). We will continue until 2021,” he added.
Speaking about various meetings held by AIADMK MLAs with Dinakaran, Jayakumar said, “Those are personal meetings. Don’t mix (with politics).” The report further stated that Dinakaran, who has recently got bail from Delhi’s Tis Hazari court in the alleged Election Commission bribery case, has recently met his aunt and party’s general secretary Sasikala in Bengaluru jail. Dinakaran reportedly said that Sasikala has asked him to wait and watch for two months before taking any decision. According to Indian Express’ earlier report 15 AIADMK MLAs, three ministers in Palaniswami government and three party MPs are likely to be joining the Dinakaran-Sasikala camp.
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As a result, CM Palaniswami has started meeting MLAs and has asked all ministers to keep his portrait in their offices. Indian Express also reported that three of the five MLAs who joined Dinakaran lately have said that their loyalties lie with Sasikala since she had gifted them the seats.
All of these five MLAs believe that Dinakaran is more convincing and accessible as a leader when compared to Palaniswami or O Panneerselvam. Speaking about the three leaders, an MLA even said that nearly half of the MLAs owe their seats to Sasikala and that they should support Chinnamma (Sasikala) in this crisis.