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AIADMK merger highlights: Resort politics return to Tamil Nadu; MLAs loyal to Dhinakaran may be moved to 'secret hideout'

A group of AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party leader TTV Dhinakaran met Tamil Nadu governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday and sought the removal of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, saying he has lost their confidence

FP Staff August 22, 2017 14:57:00 IST
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AIADMK merger highlights: Resort politics return to Tamil Nadu; MLAs loyal to Dhinakaran may be moved to 'secret hideout'

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What will the new Tamil Nadu cabinet look like?

Deputy Chief Minister ​Panneerselvam has been allocated the finance portfolio which was previously held by D Jayakumar. According to The Times of India, the former chief minister will also take charge of Housing, Rural Housing and Housing Development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority ministries that were held by Udumalai K Radhakrishnan. 

Panneerselvam's key aide, Pandiarajan will get the Tamil Official Language & Tamil Culture ministry that was previously held by Sevvoor S Ramachandran. He will take charge of the Ministry of Archaeology from K A Sengottaiyan. 

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A group of AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party leader TTV Dhinakaran met Tamil Nadu governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday and sought the removal of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, saying he has lost their confidence.

AIADMK merger highlights Resort politics return to Tamil Nadu MLAs loyal to Dhinakaran may be moved to secret hideout

File image of TTV Dhinakaran. Image courtesy: Twitter/@TTVDhinakaran

The move came a day after rivals factions led by Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam merged, ending a nearly seven-month feud, in a power sharing formula in the ruling party and the government with the rebel leader being made the deputy chief minister.

"We don't have confidence in the chief minister. What is the need to give the deputy chief minister's post to Panneerselvam who had levelled charges of corruption against this government earlier?" asked an MLA, who was part of the team that met the governor.

He said 122 AIADMK MLAs had supported Palaniswami at the behest of jailed party chief VK Sasikala during the 18 February trust vote while Panneerselvam had voted against the government.

He said the chief minister should have held consultations with all party MLAs before the merger of the two factions. "So we have briefed the governor and said that the chief minister should be removed," the MLA added.

The MLA lashed out at Panneerselvam, alleging that he had accepted the merger "only for posts" and asked if this was the deputy chief minister's "dharma yudh" as claimed by him earlier.

Raj Bhavan sources confirmed that the meeting took place between the MLAs and the governor, but did not divulge details, including about the number of the delegation. Around 18 MLAs were reported to have attended a meeting held by Dhinakaran, the party's deputy general secretary and nephew of party chief VK Sasikala, at his residence.

One of the MLAs, P Vetrivel, had claimed that Dhinakaran enjoyed the support of 25 MLAs. Of the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the AIADMK has 134 MLAs excluding the Speaker. Late chief minister Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar constituency is still vacant.

Opposition DMK has 89 seats followed by its allies Congress with eight and IUML one seat.

With inputs from PTI

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