CM calls meeting of Ministers and MLAs

With sidelined AIADMK general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran unrelenting in his mission to oust Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, the latter has called for a meeting of Ministers and legislators at the Secretariat on Thursday.

The meeting is likely to throw up strategies that will be adopted to counter the campaign Mr. Dhinakaran, sources say. There are indications that apart from MLAs of the pro-Dhinakaran camp, a few other legislators who have not pledged their support openly for Mr. Palaniswami have not been invited for the meeting.

Meanwhile, talks are doing the rounds in political and bureaucratic circles that to tide over the current political crisis caused by the withdrawal of support to the Chief Minster by 19 AIADMK legislators, the option of keeping the Assembly in suspended animation could be exercised. Senior bureaucrats privately admit that this option cannot be ruled out if an immediate election were to be prevented.

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