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As war within AIADMK intensifies, Stalin and Dinakaran begin to work in tandem

Covai Post Network

Is the unthinkable about to happen in Tamil Nadu? Two Dravidian forces coming together? DMK and a breakaway group of AIADMK led by sacked Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran could get together to fell the Edapaddi Palanisami government and then cobble up a majority to form a government together.

It can be either together jointly or DMK government with outside support of Dinakaran with DMK working president MK Stalin leading the government, according to a senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

Stalin and Dinakaran are said to be working in tandem.

DMK on Sunday upped the ante and sought an immediate floor test after meeting the governor while Dinakaran gnawed at the AIADMK. One more MLA walked over to Dinakaran side bringing his tally to 21, which clearly brought the EPS government into a minority.

Subramanian Swamy told a private television channel that both Dinakaran and Stalin were in touch and were closely working to bring down the government and form the government and share the spoils.

DMK Spokesperson A Sarvanan laughed away the political prediction of Subramanian Swamy and said that political equations in a state do not change because just one leader like Subramanian Swamy thought so.

“Political equations in a state do not change because of a tweet by Subramanain Swamy,” Sarvanan said.

On Sunday, DMK upped the ante by a delegation calling on governor C Vidyasagar Rao and demanding an immediate floor test. This comes at a time when war within AIADMK is escalating with EPS-OPS combine thinking of a formal ouster of VK Sasikala from party post on Monday. A meeting of AIADMK MLAs, MPs and key leaders convened on Monday is expected to formalise the ouster through a resolution.

This was met with a strong message and a warning from Dinakaran camp with Thanga Tamilselvan threatening violence at AIADMK office if Sasikala was ousted.

“There will be violence in the party office if Sasikala ouster resolution was passed,” said Tamilselvan on tge day when the rebels gave a two-day deadline to the governor for conducting the trust vote so that the minority government can be defeated on the floor of the house.

Dinakaran reiterated that the sleeper cells in AIADMK will get more active.

DMK working president MK Stalin, addressing a gathering at Thiruvarur, his father’s constituency, said “if the governor does not convene a session immediately, we will move the courts for justice.”

Governor Vidyasagar Rao has assured the DMK delegation that he would act after taking legal advice.

Meanwhile, internal war within AIADMK showed no signs of abating.

‘Expelled Dinakaran’ continued his sacking spree and removed several AIADMK leaders from party posts. He removed Chief Minister from the post of Salem District President. A CM supporter asserted that “Dinakaran did not have the power to remove anyone. These appointments were made by Amma and so these would continue.”

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