TTV Dinakaran loyalists lodged in a resort in Karnataka's Kodagu have accused the Tamil Nadu police of threatening them. Two AIADMK MLAs and TTV loyalists, Senthil Balaji and Thanga Tamilselvan have accused the Tamil Nadu police of attempting to bribe them to join the Edappadi Palanisamy faction of the party.
"We were harassed by police officers who came to our rooms. They searched our rooms and threatened us. They offered us bribes of Rs 10- Rs 15 crore to support Edappadi Palanisamy and threatened to file cases if we do not accept the offer," alleged Senthil Balaji. He along with Thanga Tamilselvan filed a complaint with the local Shuntikoppa police in this regard. The MLAs have attached videos and photographs of Tamil Nadu police visiting the resort along with their complaints.
"We have no security in Tamil Nadu and hence came to Karnataka but it turns out, we are not safe here too," said Thanga Tamilselvan. Earlier in the day, journalists accused the MLA of attempting to intimidate them. The MLA was caught on camera menacingly walking towards a television journalist threatening him.
21 MLAs of the AIADMK who have pledged their support to TTV Dinakaran have been lodged at resorts and hotels in Puducherry, Mysuru and now Kodagu. On Wednesday, Dinakaran claimed that he would "go to any extent" to save his party. Incidentally, Karnataka has become the destination for party leaders to hoard their legislators. Less than two months ago, legislators from Gujarat sought refuge in a resort in Bengaluru and now legislators of a broken AIADMK have sought refuge in a Kodagu.