CHENNAI: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday dared rebel leader T T V Dhinakaran to let off the 18 MLAs sheperded in a resort in Karnataka, saying they would immediately reach the ruling side. He also warned Dhinakaran that his efforts to capture the party and power through crooked means would not succeed.
“You are keeping some MLAs promising them allurements. Just let them off. Straightaway they will come to us,” the chief minister said while addressing a public meeting to mark the birthday of late chief minister C N Annadurai, held at Kancheepuram.
Stating that Dhinakaran was keen on capturing the party and government, Palaniswami said: “The party cadre and office bearers have closed the doors on Dhinakaran. You are tyring to capture the party and government through crooked means. It won’t happen.
On Thursday, Perambur MLA P Vetrivel impleaded himself in the petition filed by the DMK regarding the trust vote before the Madras High Court. “Will any one of the AIADMK cadre here align with the DMK? Those who are loyal to the AIADMK will not commit that blunder. Today, Dhinakaran is justifying this action of Vetrivel. Just imagine. If Amma was alive today, what would have happened to you for committing this blunder?”
Referring to the remark of Dhinakaran that “we will send Edappadi packing to his native place very soon,” the chief minister said, “Yes, we have come here from our residences and we will go back to our residences after the meeting. But in your case, you will reach maamiyar veedu (mother-in-law’s house - slang for prison) because, Amma’s soul will not spare those who have betrayed her.”
Keeping up his attack, the chief minister said: “We were all duly election through the organisation elections. But Dhinakaran became member of the party overnight after a long gap and within a day, he became deputy general secretary and in no time, he had relieved all of us from the party posts. Have you heard of this anywhere else? he wondered.
“Dhinakaran now claims he had given us seats to contest the elections. I contested nine times from the same constituency without anyone’s recommendation but only with the popularity of Amma. Did you campaign for me? Or were you instrumental in getting the Edappadi seat for me or helped me win? No. Then how can you claim rights now? We have come up in the party through sheer hardwork. What is your connection with this party and government? he thundered.