With the number of MLAs supporting TTV Dhinakaran touching 21, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who is facing rebellion, has called for a meeting of the top brass of the AIADMK.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao is coming back to Chennai today, days after he left for Mumbai after receiving letters from 19 MLAs, who withdrew their support to EPS.
The 19 MLAs, who were shepherded to a Puducherry resort to prevent poaching by EPS or OPS loyalists, occupied themselves with playing with swings and sea-saw.
On Friday, they vacated the seaside resort, where they were putting up since Tuesday, and checked into a hotel. The legislators moved out of the resort as it was already booked for the weekend.
Meanwhile, Dhinakaran on Friday removed another minister from a key party post as part of organisational shake-up. He “relieved” Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan as the party’s Dharmapuri district secretary and bifurcated the Dindigul district unit.
In the meantime, Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary H Raja has said that the rebellion by 19 MLAs supporting TTV Dhinakaran is not a threat to the AIADMK government led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in Tamil Nadu.