Will decide soon on filing appeal on MLAs case: Dhinakaran

Chennai: The decision to file an appeal in Supreme Court over the Madras High Court’s order on Thursday disqualifying 18 rebel AIADMK MLA will be taken in three days, said AMMK leader T T V Dhinakaran today.

Addressing media persons in Karur, Dhinakaran, said, “We will consult legal experts and take a decision based on their advice. However all the 18 disqualified MLAs are ready to face by-elections. They have even met voters in their respective Assembly constituencies and sought their suggestions.”

Stating that the ruling AIADMK will not even get their deposit in the by-elections, he said expelling him from the primary membership of the party (AIADMK) was invalid as only the general secretary is empowered to take the decision.

The AIADMK is weak today. Majority of cadres are with us. We will retrieve the party and not merge with them, he added.

Meanwhile, the AIADMK has extended an olive branch to its 18 disqualified MLAs, asking them to jump on to the ruling party bandwagon and flayed Dhinakaran for misleading them.

Asking the debarred MLAs and other Dhinakaran loyalists who moved away from AIADMK to revert to the parent party, the top leadership Saturday asked them to understand the reality of the Madras High Court judgement that upheld their disqualification.

The court’s fair judgement has enthused party workers and the people of Tamilnadu, the party said.

People were confident that the AIADMK government would continue to roll out welfare measures and ‘the angel of justice has paved a path for us to work together (again)’ to meet the aspirations of the people, it said.

“We invite you with love and affection to again join the massive people’s movement nurtured by Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma,” party coordinator and co-ordinator O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami respectively said.

A key Dhinakaran loyalist and one of the disqualified MLAs, P Vetrivel, ruled out considering going back to the ruling camp. He said that they would retrieve the AIADMK by going to the people and facing the polls.

NT Bureau