AIADMK crisis: Dinakaran complains Tamil Nadu police harassing MLAs loyal to him

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AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran camp MLAs have furnished an interim reply to Tamil Nadu Speaker P Dhanapal's notice which followed a plea by Government Chief Whip S Rajendran to disqualify them.

Rajendran had sought their disqualification after the 19 MLAs petitioned Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to remove Chief Minister K Palaniswami following the merger of factions led by Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, now Deputy Chief Minister.

September 14: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Thursday rubbished the speculations of sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran joining hands with them and added that same interest doesn't mean joining hands together.

The Madras High Court on Thursday restrained the Speaker of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from holding any floor test till September 20. Apart from DMK, Congress Legislature Party, IUML Legislature Party and all other opposition parties have already given a request to the Governor to direct the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the House, petitioner pointed out.

"The short-cut adopted by Palanisamy is, he tried to have the floor test by Monday (apparently September 18) after disqualification (of his supporting MLAs)", he alleged. Senior ministers say that the hidden agenda of TTV-DMK combine would not succeed and the government would embark on a mission to gain strength by way of numbers.

One seat is vacant since the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa a year ago.

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He claimed that he has the support of 21 MLAs, "I will go to any extent to protect our party". They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since staying there.

The 19 lawmakers have submitted a letter to the Governor withdrawing their support to Chief Minister Palaniswami.

In Delhi, meanwhile, the Dinakaran faction approached the Election Commission, contending that the AIADMK general council meeting called by Palaniswami and the decisions taken, including the sacking of Sasikala as general secretary, were invalid.

The DMK and the Dinakaran faction fear that the Speaker would act against the 19 lawmakers so that the government wins the floor test.

The allegations resonated at the general council meeting convened by the unified party on Wednesday, when jailed leader V K Sasikala was expelled from the post of general secretary.