The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu could fall down any time because of its own weight
An all-out effort by the group owing allegiance to Edappadi Palaniswamy, the chief minister, to ensure the presence of all the 134 MLAs in the AIADMK in Tuesday’s legislature party meeting came a cropper as only 111 legislatures turned out for the crucial meeting held at the party headquarters in Chennai.
Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, official spokesman of the newly formed AIADMK (Amma, PTA) out of the merger between the EPS and OPS camps, claimed after the legislature party meeting that 111 MLAs took part in the proceedings. Even if it is correct, the chief minister is seven short of absolute majority in the House which has an effective strength of 234 members.
Palaniswamy should quit at the earliest and party secretary VK Sasikala should nominate a new chief minister, preferably P Dhanapal, the Speaker of the House”
The demise of Jayalalithaa has left the AIADMK with 135 seats. But if the claim by TTV Dinakaran camp is to be believed, 21 AIADMK MLAs are against the Chief Minister. That leaves him with 113 seats. The DMK-led Opposition has 98 MLAs. Since DMK patriarch Karunanidhi may not be able to make to the House due to failing health, the DMK camp is left with only 97 MLAs. But the AIADMK should have an effective strength of 118 MLAs in the House to counter any trust vote coming against it in future.
Jayakumar said the meeting passed a unanimous resolution reposing faith in the leadership of chief minister Palaniswamy. “Many MLAs from the 21 MLAs belonging to the Dinakaran camp had telephonically informed the chief minister that they would stand by the latter in the event of any floor test,” said Jayakumar.
“The Palaniswamy government has lost the majority in the House. It is a minority government which has no moral right to continue even for one day. Palaniswamy should quit at the earliest and party secretary VK Sasikala should nominate a new chief minister, preferably P Dhanapal, the Speaker of the House,” said Dr Subramanian Swamy, MP and senior BJP leader reacting to Tuesday’s development.
Since the AIADMK government is always moving from one crisis to other, the General Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday is the next Agni Pareeksha for Palaniswamy
But S Semmalai, MLA and senior AIADMK leader who was present at the meeting said there was no threat to the Palaniswamy government. “TTV Dinakaran is a senior leader of the AIADMK and he will not do anything detrimental to the government. The governor to whom the 19 MLAs submitted their letters stating that they were against Chief Minister Palaniswamy had made it clear that they do not have anything against the government,” said Semmalali, a close confidante of both late MGR and Jayalalithaa.
He said even the DMK would not dare to bring in a no-confidence motion against the government as Stalin knows very well that there was no threat to the government. “As on today, there is no threat to the AIADMK government”, said Semmalai. It seems Palaniswamy government, which is on a life support system provided by the BJP government at the Centre may sail through for some more time. But the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu could fall down any time because of its own weight and internal contradictions.
Next Tuesday could be the D Day for Palaniswamy government. The AIADMK general council has been scheduled for next Tuesday (September 12) for easing out Sasikala from the post of general secretary. Since the AIADMK government is always moving from one crisis to other, the General Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday is the next Agni Pareeksha for Palaniswamy. Till then he may pull along.
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