DMK threatens to move no-confidence motion amid AIADMK's merger talks

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

"If (DMK leader M.K.) Stalin brings a no-confidence motion again, we will win with more votes", he said.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi amid reports of a possible merger of the rival factions of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, IANS reported.

Meanwhile, when asked about the remark made by Panneerselvam that "The AIADMK (Amma) had only come half way through.let them come across fully", Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, M Thambidurai quipped: "By his own statement, Panneerselvam has admitted that AIADMK (Amma) had come half way through.so if Panneerselvam too makes a move to cross the rest of the half way, it will conclude in the merger". Dinakaran had said that until that happened, he would continue as the deputy general secretary.

Palaniswami was in Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

The AIADMK broke up into two factions following the death in December of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

"I expect to see it soon", he told reporters.

Dhinakaran supporter Thangathamizhchelvan, a MLA, said nobody had the right to remove Sasikala and Dhinakaran from the party.

Even as the Panneerselvam faction trying to get an appointment with PM, a delegation of its camp leaders submitted a memorandum demanding the Election Commission to declare the posts of Sasikala Natarajan and Dinakaran as invalid in the AIADMK. "The resolution which was passed on Thursday adds strength to our case", senior leader K P Munusamy.

Giving credence to the speculation that BJP is behind the merger of two factions of AIADMK, the saffron party's Tamil Nadu unit president Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan said that the reunion of the two factions could give good governance to the state people. If the AIADMK government falls, the DMK, an ally of Congress, has better chance to make a comeback to power in the state, the analyst note.

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