CHENNAI: Continuing his attack on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his cabinet colleagues, T T V Dhinakaran challenged them to resign, which he claimed were offered by Sasikala, and get re-elected by holding a meeting of the legislature party.Talking to reporters here on Sunday, he said, “Your are afraid of facing a floor test. You are in the Chief Minister’s seat because of Sasikala and so are the ministers. You all resign, hold a meeting of legislature party and get re-elected.”
Recalling that Sasikala accommodated 122 MLAs in a resort at Kuvathoor here before the February 18 trust vote, Dhinakaran said now he was taking a group of legislators only to unseat Palaniswami ‘to save the party’. He said he was ready to send the legislators supporting him if a meeting is held, but cannot be held responsible in case they do not vote for Palaniswami.
Attacking the CM, Dhinakaran said EPS was afraid of even calling on his aunt Sasikala just a week after assuming office because of fear of getting arrested in a case relating to sand baron Sekhar Reddy. “When other ministers came to meet Sasikala, Edappadi was not ready. He told me he was fearing arrest in Sekhar Reddy case,” Dhinakaran noted and said Sasikala had then felt that someone without any case against him/her could have been preferred to EPS.
Countering the criticism that Sasikala’s family is behind the bars, Dhinakaran said “Our family members are in jail. Of course, they are, in the same case in which Amma was also convicted. Had she been alive, she would have been in prison.”