“The government is in place because of Sasikala and we give them time (to mend their ways) as nothing should happen because of us”, he said.
The 21 MLAs backing Dinakaran continue to be lodged at a hotel in Puducherry where they moved into on Friday after vacating a resort. In a veiled warning to bring the AIADMK below the majority mark in Tamil Nadu assembly, Dhinakaran on Wednesday said he has “sleeper cells” who would rise in revolt. Thirumavalavan said, “In response to our demand (convene vote of confidence), Governor Rao said that he is unable to act as rival MLAs are still in the AIADMK”.
Talking about the meeting with the President, Stalin said, “The President has agreed to meet us at 11 a.m. tomorrow and we will meet him with our allies”.
After the meeting of AIADMK MLAs held under the leadership Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam, Mr. Thangatamilselvan met the media a second time to drive home the point that several MLAs had abstained from the meeting. Dhinakaran said his camp was hopeful of governor intervening in the issue and would take further course of action in a day or two.
Meanwhile, at a meeting, the Chief Minister slammed Dhinakaran and said he was sacked from the post of deputy general secretary on August 10 itself and changes made by him in the party posts were invalid. Nobody has invited or informed us for today’s meeting. After the merger, Mr Pannerselvam – how preceded Mr Palaniswami as the state’s Chief Minister, has been named his deputy.
The meeting will also discuss the issue of 19 (allegedly 22) legislators giving a letter to Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao withdrawing their support to Chief Minister E. Palanisamy and wanting a new Chief Minister.
Sasikala and her family members’ removal from the AIADMK was one of the precondition set by former CM O Panneerselvam, before merging his faction back into the party.
Later, a third faction emerged under Palanisamy as it developed differences with the Sasikala-Dinakaran faction.
Calling the hidden support within the party “sleeper cells” – a term used more in the context of terrorism – he said, “Many MLAs will start supporting us one by one”.
The anger within the EPS over its merger with the Panneerselvam camp was evident as the MLA publically chided the Chief Minister for his decision.