Is Tamil Nadu Heading Towards Political Crisis Again?

Sasikala-Dhinakaran duo is preparing to rock E Palanisamy boat by encouraging MLAs to cross over to their side deserting the ruling faction. EPS had reiterated his advice to Dhinakaran to keep off the party.

Chennai: Tamil Badu politics are again in the news as 21 MLAs’ from Edappadi Palanisamy (EPS) camp met Dhinakaran at his residence on Tuesday.  As this development comes on the heels of Dhinakaran meeting his aunt and party chief VK Sasikala in Bengaluru jail on Monday, speculations are rife that more MLAs’ might join his camp.

However, the government headed by Edappadi Palanisamy distanced itself from Dhinakaran, indicating a rift growing between the two camps. Analysts feel that this might threaten the stability of TN government.

Dinakaran was released on bail from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on June 1. He was arrested for trying to bribe an Election Commission official to secure the AIADMK’s official two leaves symbol.

Before leaving for Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru to meet his aunt, Dhinakaran said, “From April 19 or 20, a few members of the party due to some of their fears said TTV Dhinakaran and his family should remain out of the party. Because of which, I stayed away from the party for the last 45 days but there has not been any progress.”

He went to meet Sasikala to discuss current developments in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-Amma. Some reports said that Sasikala advised Dhinakaran to wait for two months before taking any major decision.

Meanwhile, it is also being reported that the MLAs’ met Dhinakaran as none of the promises that were made during their stay in the resort was fulfilled and they want him to assure them about it.

While the government led by EPS took a stand that they have nothing to do with either Dhinakaran or Sasikala, rumours are rife that EPS might be sent home as many MLAs’ are ready to defect to Dhinakaran- Sasikala faction.  If this turns out to be true, it will certainly bring down the government.

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AIADMK‘S Troubles Appear Never Ending

A day after a sting operation by two TV channels revealed that AIADMK Sasikala faction paid money to MLAs to vote in their favour, a fake Rajya Sabha ID card was recovered from the middleman in the EC bribery case, giving a chance to DMK to step up its attack.

New Delhi: Giving yet another shock to the AIADMK government, a fake Rajya Sabha ID card has been recovered from Sukesh Chandrasekhar, the middle man in the EC bribery case, which involves TTV Dhinakaran, the nephew of Sasikala Natarajan.

While, a sting operation carried by two TV channels revealed that the AIADMK faction under VK Sasikala paid money to MLAs to sway votes in their favour ahead of the floor test in the State Assembly, freshly the issue of fake ID card are ringing danger bells to Edappadi government.

Already the DMK has sprung into action and is getting ready to submit representations to Governor and President of India on this issue. The fresh revelation will only be a shot in the arm to DMK to prove dishonest ways AIADMK faction is following to retain power.

The fresh revelation is related to the cash-for-symbol controversy during the by-election of RK Nagar. Chandrasekhar was arrested earlier in connection with this.

The Delhi Police which is investigating the case already established the bribery link, now the fresh revelation made the police case stronger against the accused. The police have added the investigative agency to add sections 467 of the Indian Penal Code, which is related to forgery and has a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Now, along with Chandrasekar, even Dhinakaran and others are in a soup, as this is considered more serious involving security.

Though Dhinakaran is out on bail, the cash for symbol case is only getting murkier. The police sources said that Dhinakaran was willing to pay ₹ 50 crore to get the AIADMK party symbol and appropriate late Jayalalithaa’s legacy.

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