MLAs supporting Dinakaran check into Puducherry resort - AIADMK merger

AIADMK crisis 35 MLAs skip meeting chaired by Palaniswami party to expel Dinakaran Sasikala

He also played down the rebellion by a group of AIADMK MLAs, who owe allegiance to TTV Dhinakaran, against Chief Minister K Palaniswami, claiming that it was more an internal matter of the regional party and not a threat to the state government.

Dinakaran said that the position will be taken up by former MLA and Salem suburban district secretary, S K Selvam.

Nineteen legislators loyal to sidelined deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran met the governor on Tuesday to withdraw their support to the chief minister. There is no one representing the RK Nagar constituency in the House, which late AIADMK supremo and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa had represented. The two factions' decision to remove Sasikala from the post of party general secretary triggered the unrest.

The ostracized party member said that everyone in the party wanted either himself or the AIADMK general secretary Sasikala wanted to become the next CM.

Stalin had on August 21 itself written to Rao for a floor test shortly after the 19 MLAs met the Governor.

Speaking to reporters after meeting reporters, he said that the Opposition parties had submitted a letter to the governor and also discussed with him on the need for Chief Minister E Palaniswami to prove his government's majority in the floor of the Assembly.

In the 234-member assembly, the present AIADMK government "enjoys the support of only 113 MLAs including the Speaker", DMK working president M K Stalin said in a letter to Rao, the second since last week on the issue and handed over by the delegation.

The MLAs backing Dhinakaran later proceeded to a resort in neighbouring Puducherry.

Earlier in the day, the governor assured a delegation of Opposition leaders led by DMK that he would take required action when being told of the "minority" status of ruling AIADMK in the state Assembly, DMK leader Duraimurugan, said as per IANS. "Now, he has joined hands with O Panneerselvam, who had betrayed the party and caused the freezing of Two Leaves symbol".

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