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AIADMK crisis: MK Stalin says DMK will move no confidence motion against govt 'if required'

Chennai: Amid a revolt against the AIADMK Amma's deputy chief TTV Dinakaran by the Chief Minister K Palaniswami-led faction, the opposition DMK on Friday said it would move a motion of no confidence against the government, "if required".

DMK working president MK Stalin made the statement a day after the Palaniswami faction said Dinakaran's appointment as the deputy general secretary of Tamil Nadu's ruling party was against party bye-laws and questioned his authority to intervene in party affairs.

DMK Working President MK Stalin. PTI

DMK Working President MK Stalin. PTI

The faction had also opposed jailed party chief VK Sasikala.

When reporters asked him if the DMK would move a no-confidence motion against the Palaniswami government in view of the latest developments in the ruling party, Stalin replied cryptically, "If required."

Palaniswami, who was sworn-in as chief minister following a revolt by his predecessor Panneerselvam against Sasikala earlier this year, had won a trust vote on 18 February in the assembly.

Stalin, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, said ever since the AIADMK split into three factions, headed by Palaniswami, Panneerslevam and Dinakaran, an "extraordinary" situation prevailed in the state and that the people were suffering.

People's suffering should end, he said.

The Palaniswami-led faction, after a meeting of its leaders and office-bearers yesterday, had asked party cadres to ignore Dinakaran's directives.

Dinakaran, on his part, had put up a brave face and asserted he was in control of the party.

Published Date: Aug 11, 2017 14:33 PM | Updated Date: Aug 11, 2017 14:38 PM

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