MK Stalin says mid-term polls likely as AIADMK govt would be unstable

Coimbatore: DMK Working President MK Stalin on Wednesday claimed a government led by either O Pannerselvam or any AIADMK nominee would not be stable and could lead to elections to the state assembly even before local body polls, due already.

Addressing party workers at a meeting here, he said the present government headed by caretaker chief minister Panneerselvam was only an interim arrangement.

The government formed by either Panneerselvam, who has revolted against the party leadership, or the AIADMK would be short lived, he said.

MK Stalin in a file image. PTI

MK Stalin in a file image. PTI

Considering the present political situation, there was a possibility of assembly elections being held in the state even ahead of local body polls, expected in June-July, he said.

DMK has ruled out support to Panneerselvam in case of a floor test in the assembly amid the accusation by Sasikala that it was behind the revolt in the AIADMK.

Local body polls, slated to be held in October last year, were cancelled after Madras High Court quashed the State Election Commission's notifications holding there were many irregularities in it.

Panneerselvam, who has alleged he was forced to resign, and several of his supporters have been expelled from AIADMK by Sasikala in the backdrop of his revolt.

AIADMK MLAs have elected minister E Palaniswami as their Legislature party leader and he has staked claim to form the government.

At the function where about 2,000 persons joined DMK, Stalin charged that the present government had no concern about the welfare of the people or the state.

Earlier, replying to a question on reports about DMK convening meeting of its party MLAs, Stalin said no such meeting had been called and none of his party MLAs were asked to reach Chennai.


Published Date: Feb 15, 2017 06:39 pm | Updated Date: Feb 15, 2017 06:39 pm

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