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Coimbatore

EPS-OPS combine steadily gaining numbers

Covai Post Network

Now, even Dinakaran complains of horse-trading and urges governor to take immediate action and save democracy.

Chennai: Ongoing political drama in ruling AIADMK shows no signs of abating, even though the EPS-OPS combine seemed to have pulled ahead with more steam, on Wednesday with rebel TTV Dinakaran reiterating his demand for a trust vote immediately. He led a delegation, claiming to represent the 19 MLAs lodged at a resort in Puducherry, to governor C Vidyasagar Rao demanding immediate action as the EPS government was in a minority now.

But in a blow to Dinakaran’s claims of rock-like support of his band of MLAs, Jayakkan an MLA who was among the original signatories of letter to governor withdrawing support to EPS government on Wednesday headed back to the chief minister. He told media persons that over the past fortnight or so, “we MLAs have seen how hard EPS was trying to save Amma’s government and striving to fulfil her dreams.” He said he was told Dinakaran that “for an internal matter, we need not go to the governor and also EPS was doing his best to save Amma’s government. Which is why we should be untied and because of us, this Amma government should not fall. I am supporting EPS.”

Jayakkan’s assertion that “in no way should our actions should be of help to the DMK,” should come as a rude jolt to the Dinakaran camp and dash the hopes of the DMK that is hoping for a fall of the government.

The Wednesday jolt had Dinakaran crying foul, alleging that “horse trading was taking place” and urged the governor to prevent it. “Otherwise, you tell me how a person takes a train and on landing in Chennai goes to EPS straight and sings a different tune,” Dinakaran questioned in a banter with media persons after calling on the governor in Chennai.

“We told the governor that through television we came to know that EPS did not have majority on his side and there was furious horse trading taking place,” Dinakaran said urging him to take immediate action and save democracy in Tamil Nadu.

Dinakaran also tried to play down the revolt by a fellow rebel and his ghar wapasi.

“If one has gone from our side, three have come to us,” the sacked deputy general secretary of the AIADMK said.

The AIADMK, led by EPS and OPS combine, has convened a general council meeting on September 12 where the party is likely to take a final call on ouster of general secretary VK Sasikala who was elevated to the top party post as a “temporary arrangement”.

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