CHENNAI: After treading a different path for the past few months, the three allies of the AIADMK charged the BJP with trying to sideline general secretary V K Sasikala and her nephew and deputy T T V Dhinakaran, indicating clearly that they would side with the family in this ongoing tussle.
Maintaining that a decision on supporting the government in case of a no-confidence motion would be taken only when it is brought in, MLAs U Thaniyarasu (Kongu Ilaignar Peravai), S Karunas (Mukkulathor Pulipadai) and Thameemun Ansari (Jananayaka Manithaneya Makkal Katchi) cautioned that the present government could complete the rest of the term only by including Dhinakaran supporters.
The Chief Minister, should not fall a prey to the ‘evil designs’ of the BJP in removing Sasikala and Dhinakaran, added the trio who won on AIADMK symbol and are thus counted as party MLAs but have taken their own stand ever since the squabble broke out.
While vehemently opposing the removal of Sasikala and Dhinakaran from party positions, they appealed to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to include those supporting Dhinakaran in the government. After holding discussions among themselves, the three MLAs also called on the Chief Minister, Opposition Leader M K Stalin and Dhinakaran.
The trio said they had discussed the general political situation in the State with Stalin, but maintained that they called on the leaders to thank them for raising their voice for the release of A G Perarivalan, a convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, on leave.
They said Perarivalan should be released on the occasion of MGR’s birth centenary by following the practice of releasing life convicts who had served 10 years in jail.