Madurai: Soon after the ruling faction under Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami ousted party general secretary V.K. Sasikala and her family members, TTV Dhinakaran launched a full-scale attack vowing to dislodge the Edappadi K. Palaniswami government. Dhinakaran also rejected the resolutions passed at the ‘General Council meet’, saying that they were subject to the ruling of the Madras high Court.
Speaking to reporters in Madurai, he said that they would wait for a few more days for Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to take appropriate action on his representation to conduct a confidence vote in the state legislature. “If the Governor doesn’t take any action in a few days, we will initiate appropriate action,” he said.
The reluctance of the Governor to take action despite his knowledge that the present government had lost its majority would only lead to people losing faith in his post, Dhinakaran said. He also made a scathing attack on the Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, calling them ‘traitors’.
“The party cadres will not accept the traitors’ coalition rule because it was functioning against the wishes of Amma (late CM Jayalalithaa)” he said and added that both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam were not fit for CM post held by Amma. CM Palaniswami and his cabinet were not taking forward the policies of Jayalalithaa as being claimed him.
This was evident in the implementation of the National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (Neet), he charged. Referring to ‘Chinnaamma’ (Sasikala) remarks that she had full confidence in him to dislodge this corrupt government, Dhinakaran said that he had already started working towards it. Senior ministers like P. Thangamani, S.P. Velumani and Veeramani were among others who had opposed it when Chinnaamma proposed Edappadi K. Palaniswami for the CM post, but they have now joined hands with him only to enjoy power, he said.
Challenging the AIADMK (Amma) MLAs to give up their seats and seek re-election, Dhinakaran said that, “Only it will show who represents real AIADMK.” While dismissing allegations that he had allied with DMK as rumour, he said that “DMK is the only opposition to us in the election.”