Chennai: AIADMK deputy chief TTV Dhinakaran today said he has sought the removal of Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam during his meeting with Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, indicating that he didn’t want the state government to fall.
In his first meeting with the governor after 19 MLAs loyal to him expressed lack of confidence in the chief minister last month, he accused the state government of exerting pressure on his camp to persuade the MLAs back to their fold.
On August 22, 19 pro-Dhinakaran MLAs had met Rao and told him they had lost confidence in Chief Minister Palaniswami and wanted him to be removed as chief minister.
The number of dissident MLAs has since grown to 21.
The Dhinakaran camp MLAs had met Rao a day after the formal merger of the two factions of ruling AIADMK led by Palaniswami and then rebel leader and present Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on August 21.
The revolt in the ruling party had sparked demands for the governor to order the government to face a floor test in the assembly.
The DMK, Congress and Left parties had even knocked the doors of President Ram Nath Kovind in this regard.
In the 234-member house, the AIADMK has a strength of 135, including the Speaker.
The opposition has a total strength of 98, including 89 of the DMK, eight of the Congress and an IUML member.