Stalin will become Tamil Nadu CM with Dinakaran's support: Swamy
With the DMK pushing Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy-led government to prove majority in Tamil Nadu assembly, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said TTV Dinakaran, with the support of 19 MLAs and DMK, can bring down the EPS government in the state.
While the two factions of the AIADMK, one under the Chief Minister and the other under former CM O Panneerselvam, merged on Monday, a third rival unit claiming loyalty to TTV Dinakaran has revolted against the party.
"Stalin currently has 90 MLAs and Dhinakaran has 22. If we add the Muslim League, CPI and parties who wish to bring down the EPS government, will vote for Dhinakaran, EPS and OPS won't have the 117 MLAs they need to achieve a majority" Swamy told news agency ANI.
On Sunday, TTV Dhinakaran removed Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy from all party post. DMK leader Duraimurugan along with five MLAs from the party is expected to meet the Governor. Leaders of the DMK are expected to meet Tamil Nadu Governor Vidhyasagar Rao to press for Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy to prove majority in the house.
In the 234-member Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly the AIADMK needs at least 117 votes to remain in power.
Right now, the two-leaf party has 134 seats in the Assembly, excluding the House Speaker's and Jayalalithaa's. However, while Palaniswami claims to have 104 MLAs on his side and Panneerselvam 10, Dinakaran has at least 22 including three Independent MLAs, and his numbers are likely to shoot up.
The DMK has alleged that Edappadi Palanisamy government is keen on suspending members of the DMK as well as 19 legislators of AIADMK supporting TTV Dinakaran and documents for the same are being prepared.