Fear of defeat haunts Stalin, says CM Palaniswami

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has wondered why the DMK has submitted a motion seeking removal of Speaker P Dhanapal if it was confident of emerging victorious in bypolls to 22 Assembly constituencies in the State.

The opposition DMK leader M K Stalin giving notice for a no-confidence motion against the Assembly Speaker, P Dhanapal, following show-cause notices issued against three dissenting AIADMK MLAs, only shows that fear of defeat is driving his actions, he said.

He told reporters at the Salem airport that the recent activities of Stalin had made it crystal clear that the DMK and the AMMK led by the dissident leader T T V Dhinakraan had a tacit understanding and that the DMK wanted to “topple” the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu at any cost.

Referring to DMK submitting a resolution seeking removal of Speaker P Dhanapal after he sent notices to three AIADMK MLAs seeking their explanation over “anti-party” activities, Palaniswami said it was due to fear of defeat at the hustings.

If the DMK wins all the 22 seats, the main opposition party would automatically get majority in the House, he said adding, “they are gripped by fear of defeat at the hustings, and since they cannot win 22 Assembly seats, they have brought the no confidence motion against the Speaker.”

Palaniswami said Mr. Stalin had stated in Madurai that the DMK would win in all 22 constituencies and would form the government with the support of MLAs from Opposition parties.

“If this is the case, what is the need for the DMK to plan a no-confidence motion? Stalin knows pretty well that the DMK will bite the dust in the byelection,” Palaniswami said.