The merger of the two rival factions of the AIADMK appears to have had no bearing on the turmoil that the party saw itself thrown into following the death of its leader J Jayalalithaa. Following the two warring factions of the AIADMK – one led by rebel O Panneerselvam and other by Chief Minister E Palaniswami – came together to rework the ‘power-sharing deal’, 19 MLAs on Tuesday withdrew their support from the ruling party, throwing it into a state of crisis once again.
The MLAs, led by ousted deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran, met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and urged him to “intervene and initiate the constitutional process” and submitted a letter expressing their lack of confidence in the Chief Minister.
DMK Working President MK Stalin has also written to the Governor requesting to direct the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the assembly immediately.
Meanwhile, 17 of the 19 Dhinakaran loyalists are learnt to have been shifted to two hotels in Puducherry. In what could bring more trouble for the unified AIADMK, 10 more MLAs are likely to switch loyalties and join the Dhinakaran camp.
Here are the major developments as they happened in Tamil Nadu:
# Lone IUML MLA KAM Muhammed Abubacker writes to Governor requesting to direct CM EPS to prove his majority in the assembly immediately.
# What is the problem? Let them go to Pondicherry!: P.Vetriivel,Dinakaran-Sasikala camp on question of MLAs being moved to a Puducherry resort
Our priority is party, govt may come & go but we have to safeguard party :P.Vetriivel, TTV faction on MLAs withdrawing support from TN Govt pic.twitter.com/epSLUrmAar— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2017
# DMK's MK Stalin writes to #TamilNadu Governor requesting to direct Edappadi K Palaniswami to prove his majority in the assembly immediately.