Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today broke his silence on the disqualification of the 18-MLAs supporting Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran and said it will be commendable if they return to AIADMK.
Talking to the media in Tiruchi, he said, “I have been hearing of such reports only from the press. If he (Thanga Tamilselvan) and other disqualified MLAs decide to join AIADMK, it will be commendable.”
When asked whether he would offer them a ministerial post, the Chief Minister dismissed it saying, “How can I do that?”
On Sunday, reports claimed that Palaniswami has offered a compromise formula, which entails withdrawal of the disqualification of the rebel MLAs who return to the parent organisation.
“In the case of those who choose to get back to the AIADMK, the leadership has offered to send a request to the speaker to reconsider his decision,” a TOI report said.
It is to be noted that Thanga Tamilselvan, who was disqualified along with 17 others for rebelling against Palaniswami last year, has decided to withdraw his plea from the high court against his disqualification.
Announcing his decision to withdraw the plea, Thanga Tamilselvan said he now prefers to face bypoll to his Andipatti constituency. The VK Sasikala’s loyalist announced his decision following a recent split verdict of the Madras high court.