AIADMK crisis: TTV Dinakaran moves MLAs to another resort
After spending five days at Windflower Resort in Puducherry, AIADMK MLAs supporting TTV Dinakaran will be moved to another. While demanding that Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy reach out to them, legislators supporting Dinakaran are moving into Sunway manor.
The legislators have been asked to explain their stand on Tamil Nadu Assembly chief whip's recommendation to disqualify them. The Dinakaran camp on Thursday pushed for current assembly speaker Danapal's name for Chief Minister. Danapal, however, has now demanded a reply from each of the rebel MLAs.
Political analysts, however, believe that the whip only has powers inside the house. With no assembly session underway, neither the whip nor the speaker can be in a position to initiate action against the 19 MLAs. Moreover, no such action was recommended against 11 MLAs in February when they voted against Palanisamy during a floor test. For this very reason, the recommendation may not survive the scrutiny of law.
Even as Dinakaran continues to play hardball, Edappadi Palanisamy-Panneerselvam combine is struggling to keep their flock together. Two more MLAs have made public statements that they supported neither of the camps but understood that the part can't survive if Dinakaran and Sasikala are ousted, making it clear where their loyalties lie.