Close on the heels of Chief Minister K Palaniswami welcoming the idea of disqualified party MLAs returning to his AIADMK, the ruling dispensation has asserted that their homecoming was “bound to happen.”
Senior AIADMK leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said those who have accepted the late Chief Ministers M G Ramachandran (AIADMK founder) and J Jayalalithaa, as their ‘eternal leaders,’ will return to the party fold.
Reports claimed that cracks have emerged in the camp of T T V Dhinakaran, the R K Nagar MLA. Soon after Andipatti MLA Thangatamilselvan said on Saturday that he would withdraw the case filed before the Madras high court against the disqualification of 18 AIADMK rebel MLAs, reports said the Dhinakaran ‘loyalist’ is in negotiations with CM Edappadi Palaniswami through emissaries.
However, aked about EPS’s offer, Thangatamilselvan denied it. “If they are offering me ministership, why should I revolt against the AIADMK leadership? I will jolly well accept the ministership. There is no such offer,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dhinakaran justified his supporter Thanga Tamilselvan’s decision to quit his MLA position and contest on ‘pressure cooker’ symbol, saying this would provide his group an opportunity to prove that they are real followers of Amma.
Denying reports of disunity in his group, Dhinakaran who got elected from the city’s R. K. Nagar Assembly constituency, said all the MLAs are collectively with him. “All the 18 MLAs are still with me… I have left the decision to them as they won with Amma’s blessings and as I didn’t campaign for them,” Mr Dhinakaran said on Saturday while hailing Thanga Tamilselvan’s decision.