Dhinakaran Tells Guv to Direct EPS to Face Floor Test Vote  

Chennai: With three more legislators withdrawing their support to the Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami-led government, causing fresh setback, sidelined AIADMK Amma leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran met Tamil Nadu Governor C.H. Vidyasagar Rao and reiterated his demand for a floor test to prove the government’s majority.

Talking to reporters after meeting the Governor at Raj Bhavan along with the three MLAs and some MPs, Dhinakaran said he had urged him to act as per the letters given by 19 MLAs earlier withdrawing their support and direct the Chief Minister to seek a trust vote to prevent horse trading.

The Governor said he would do the needful. Dhinakaran said three more MLAs–Karunaas, who won on AIADMK symbol in the Assembly elections last year, and Rathinasabapathy and Kalaiselvan–have withdrawn their support to the government and sought the removal of the Chief Minister, increasing his support base to 22.

But it came down to 21, when one of the legislators, who was among the 19 MLAs, who withdrew support on August 22, switched over to the Chief Minister’s camp.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the Speaker to give his explanation on the notice issued to him along with 19 others, Cumbum MLA S.T.K. Jakkaiyan said he did not want the Opposition DMK to benefit under the present situation.

”To ensure continuance of the Amma regime and for the continuance of the good governance of Palaniswami, I decided to support the Chief Minister,” he said, and added that the intra-party differences between the EPS and TTV should be sorted out through negotiations.

Reacting to Jakkaiyan switching loyalty to EPS camp, Dhinakaran did not attach too much significance, and said: ”One went, but we got support from three other MLAs”.

He said he and his supporting MLAs are firm in their stand that the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam should be ousted from their posts.

”We are very clear in our stand on the ouster of EPS and OPS”, he said, adding, considering that only 111 MLAs were present at a meeting convened two days ago by the Chief Minister, it was clear that Palaniswami lacked majority.

”So we urged the Governor to immediately direct the Chief Minister to seek a vote of confidence to prevent further horse trading”, he added.