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Tuesday , 14 August 2018
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palanisami claims majority support; Dinakaran and DMK not convinced

The future of AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu continues to be uncertain. Even though Chief Minister Edapaddi Palanisami today claimed majority support, the opposition including the Dinakaran camp and DMK are not convinced. At a meeting organized today, Palanisami said that he has the majority support to remain in the government. The meeting witnessed the presence of 109 MLAs today, which looks much better than the 70 MLAs that had attended the party’s meeting last month in August. Palanisami claimed support of 111 MLAs, of which 109 attended the meeting today. Two MLAs could not attend the meeting due to some reasons. State fisheries minister D Jayakumar said that AIADMK is also in touch with 9 MLAs of the Dinakaran camp and the party can win a trust vote anytime it wants.

However, the opposition parties including Dinakaran and DMK were not convinced of the claims made by AIADMK. DMK working president MK Stalin said that if only 109 MLAs attended the meeting, it clearly shows that the party does not have the majority to continue the government. For majority, the government will need the support of 117 MLAs in the 234-seat assembly in Tamil Nadu. Stalin said that a trust vote should be conducted immediately and any delay would most likely lead to horse trading. On the claims that the AIADMK is in touch with 9 MLAs of Dinakaran camp, P Vetrivel, a senior leader close to Dinakaran said that the claim is false since all the 19 MLAs are with Dinakaran.

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