AIADMK merger: Dhinakaran camp seeks trust vote
Nineteen MLAs loyal to Sasikala met the state's Governor on Tuesday morning protesting the merger of two factions of AIADMK led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, which they called "illegal."
According to reports, these legislators told the Governor that they no longer had confidence in Palaniswami government.
Dinakaran, who was appointed by Sasikala as the AIADMK's number two, is not a legislator and he did not accompany the rebel MLAs.
The legislators reportedly alleged that Palaniswami did not consult Dhinakaran before merging his faction with that of Panneerselvam or OPS, which had voted against his Government in a trust vote six months ago.
After the merger, the AIADMK has 134 legislators in the 234-member assembly. With only 17 more legislators than the 117 needed for a majority, the revolt by these 19 could spell a trouble for Palaniswami if he has to face a no-confidence motion.