Villupuram: DMK president MK Stalin on Sunday came out with the reason why his party backed out from its no-confidence motion against Assembly Speaker Dhanapal. It was only to save the three ‘rebel’ AIADMK legislators (who campaigned for TTV Dhinakaran in elections) facing threat of disqualification from the House, he told a large rally in Vikravandi constituency in Villupuram district after unveiling the portrait of its DMK legislator Radhamani who passed away recently.
The media has been reporting the last couple of days that the DMK had backed out from its no-confidence motion against Speaker Dhanapal, but the journalists have misunderstood or rather not read correctly the political strategy behind his party’s action, said Stalin.
“They (AIADMK) had planned to expel the three MLAs (Prabhu, Kalaiselvan and Rathinasabapathy) and we had to stop that (to prevent the Edappadi government from getting a comfortable majority in the House). And so we gave the notice for no-confidence against the Speaker to stall that expulsion move”, said the DMK chief, explaining that when the confidence vote against the Speaker becomes priority business in the House and would require to be taken up first. But then, the post-poll situation did not warrant any DMK intervention to save the three legislators of the ruling party, so his party chose to withdraw its notice.
The media failed to see this political strategy, said Stalin, adding that he had learnt his lessons in political planning from none other than Kalaignar.
Chiding those who thought (and reported) that the DMK had fled from its no-confidence notice, Stalin said, “The tiger is crouching only to pounce at the right time, not to run away”. He reiterated that the people are weary of the Edappadi regime and soon the DMK would take over the reins of power in TN. “And we will rule for ever after”, he stressed....