AIADMK crisis: Will governor call a floor-test? 20 MLAs game changers?

New Delhi: Sasikala finally strikes from jail and therefore a political crisis has hit the Tamil Nadu goverment which is 3 short of the majority mark.  The AIADMK group headed by jailed General Secretary V.K. Sasikala's nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran on Tuesday informed Governor C.V. Rao that it wants the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to be changed, a faction member said. Deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran is an important man because he enjoys the support of at least 20 MLAs from the AIADMK.

As these MLAs officially withdraw their support to Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami, it remains to be seen if the Governor calls for a floor test.

Speaking to a television channel Sasikala-Dinakaran loyalist Thangathamizh Chelvan said: "We have told the Governor that we will be taking steps to change Chief Minister K. Palaniswami."

He said: "We are taking steps to change the Chief Minister."

According to him, the party legislators would meet and elect a new Chief Minister.

The Dinakaran faction was upset over their isolation in the party.

Nineteen legislators belonging to the Dinakaran faction met the Governor on Tuesday at Raj Bhavan

The petition submitted by the Dinakaran loyalists to the governor is as follows: “I hereby express my lack of confidence on Mr. Edappadi K Palaniswami and withdraw my earlier support given to him vide this communication. I hereby submit that I have not given up my membership of the AIADMK and I am only doing my duty as a conscious citizen to express the abuse and misuse of the Constitution provision.” “Mr Edappadi Palaniswami is corrupt and encouraging corruption at several levels, which is also causing severe damage to the name of the party,” states the petitions. “In the first week of August 2017, Mr O Panneerselvam had given a press statement saying that the present Tamil Nadu government is totally filled with corrupt practices. But within a span of two weeks, the Chief Minister had included Panneerselvam as the Deputy CM. This reveals their favouritism, abuse of power and misusing of government machinery to cover up their corrupt practices.”

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