February 7, 2018
Chennai:Rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran has failed to make any damage to the Edapaddi Palaniswami government and no matter what he says, he will never be taken back into AIADMK.
This message was strongly sent out by state fisheries minister D Jayakumar, who told media persons that Dhinakaran was smiling a lot to hide behind his tears of sorrow. There is no danger to the government, he said and refuted speculations suggesting a merger and coming together of the two AIADMK factions.
But Dhinakaran has been putting impossible conditions after feelers were allegedly sent to leaders close to him by the ruling dispensation to strengthen the party and government which still has two years to go.
Dhinakaran keeps saying a lot things to remain and seem important but in effect he has not been able to wean away even a single MLA of then ruling dispensation. Said an analyst that the glue of power is keeping the AIADMK together. But Dhinakaran continues to fish in troubled waters with making impossible demands for merger with the parent unit.
“Sack the EPS as chief minister and a leader in his place should be from the disqualified MLAs,” Dhinakran said adding that at least six ministers should be ousted if he was to join hands with EPS and OPS.
A proposition not even considered by the government, said Jayakumar. But the government is on a weaker wicket and could fall if the Madras High Court rules in favour of disqualified MLAs. Then the government would be in minority and cannot pass muster strength in the house.
It is this prospect that is haunting the government and which is why feelers were sent to the Dhinakaran camp. The opposition too is upping the ante with state wide protests over bus fare hike on February 13. Slowly opposition parties are rallying behind the DMK.
Dhinakaran is playing the DMK game, but will fail miserably, Jayakumar said.