Amid internal bickering within the ruling faction of the AIADMK wherein some Ministers and MLAs have openly expressed their support to jailbird Dinakaran, Tamil Nadu chief-minister Edapadi Palanisami has assured that his Govt. was absolutely safe with the support of 122 MLAs.
The chief-minister inaugurated the newly-built Govt. Medical College at Pudukkottai yesterday and as if to send a message across that he is ‘simple’ and easily accessible to others, he stopped his entourage at a roadside tea stall and had tea with his Ministerial colleagues and other MLAs, thus raising huge excitement among locals.
He addressed newsmen on his return to Chennai. “We haven’t yet decided about whom to support in the Presidential polls,” Edapadi said. Responding to another query from a newsman, he said the State was waiting for a complete report from the Centre to react to the ban on cattle slaughter. “We asked the Centre to exempt Tamil Nadu students from appearing in NEET and are expecting a positive reply,” he added.
“Action would be taken to fill up vacant doctors’ posts in all Govt. Hospitals and PHCs,” he said. To another scribe who cast doubts about the Govt.’s stability, Edapadi replied by saying the Govt. was perfectly ‘safe’ with the support of 122 MLAs. “Some are purposely campaigning against the Govt. which has been doing everything possible for people’s welfare,” he said, apparently replying to DMK’s M.K. Stalin.