CHENNAI: DMK working president M K Stalin on Sunday came under attack from AIADMK-Amma and BJP for demanding the dismissal of the State government over the issue of alleged horse-trading ahead of the crucial trust vote in Assembly on February 18.
Talking to reporters here, Finance Minister D Jayakumar said those believing in democracy would never support the call for dissolving a democratically elected government.
Ridiculing Stalin of spending sleepless nights and day dreaming to occupy the seat of power, the minister said it would never materialise. Jayakumar said the people of the State were appalled at the behaviour of the DMK in the Assembly where they frequently staged walkouts and disrupted proceedings.
Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai too trained his guns on Stalin saying there were no chances for any sort of horse-trading when the Anti-Defection Law was in place. He said the charges of Stalin did not hold water.
Hitting out at Stalin rushing to the Governor on Saturday with a plea to dismiss the AIADMK government, State president of BJP, Tamilisai Soundararajan, said, “The demand for dissolving the government is not acceptable.”
Was the DMK government dissolved when the controversial Niira Radia tapes came out? she asked.
However, Tamilisai said the episode of alleged payoffs to legislators for voting in favour of the Edappadi K Palaniswami government should be probed appropriately.
DMK members were evicted from the Assembly on Wednesday, the first day of the session, after they continued to disrupt proceedings demanding discussion on the issue, which the Speaker disallowed saying the matter was sub-judice.