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Dhinakaran loyalist MLAs vacate Puducherry resort, check into hotel

Eighteen Tamil Nadu MLAs, who were camping at a resort in the Union territory of Puducherry for the past four days after pledging support to the sacked AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran, vacated the resort on Friday noon and checked into a hotel in the town.

Andipatti MLA Thanga Tamilselvan said that Dhinakaran will visit Puducherry and hold discussions with the MLAs about next action.

He said they decided to shift to a hotel as the resort was booked for the next two days earlier.

Aravankuruchi MLA Senthil Balaji said, “Our aim is to protect the party and the movement and retrieve the party symbol (two leaves). We will follow the directions of Chinamma (AIADMK Amma general secretary V K Sasikala) and Dhinakaran. 122 MLAs extended support to protect the EPS (chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami) government. EPS, however, failed to consult us (regarding the merger) and joined hands with OPS (deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam) who has just 10 MLAs and had attempted to topple AIADMK government.”

“I was elected thrice. Twice from Karur and once from Aravankuruchi. I will continue to serve the people wherever I am,” he said.

When asked about the direction to the speaker of the legislative assembly to disqualify them he said the MLAs will consult legal experts and will give a fitting reply.

He repeatedly said that their only aim is to save the party.

The MLAs had left Chennai after submitting individual letters to governor Vidyasagar Rao withdrawing their support to chief minister declaring that they lost confidence in him.

They moved into a resort claiming that they were not safe in Tamil Nadu.

The Dhinakaran faction said more MLAs will join them and that they have the support of the majority MLAs and office bearers.


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