Undercurrent of Opposition Against Palaniswami Govt, Says Chidambaram
Congress leader P Chidambaram has claimed there was an "undercurrent" of Opposition among the people against the AIADMK (Amma) government led by K Palaniswami in Tamil Nadu.
File image of P. Chidambaram. (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Bengaluru: Congress leader P Chidambaram has claimed there was an "undercurrent" of Opposition among the people against the AIADMK (Amma) government led by K Palaniswami in Tamil Nadu though it might not be reflected in the outcome of the April 12 RK Nagar assembly byelection.
There were 130 members (of ruling party) in the assembly confronted with a situation where they have another four years and two months of their tenure to go, he told reporters in Bengaluru last night on the sidelines of launch of his book "Fearless in opposition - Power and Accountability".
"But there is hardly in government and governance in Tamil Nadu because all 130 assembly members are waging a battle for survival to remain in power for the remaining term," he said.
"But I think there is an undercurrent of opposition against the present dispensation which might not be reflected in the byelection," he said.
The Congress leader also said he cannot say whether the RK Nagar byelection will benefit DMK, the ally of Congress, or there would be a formal split in AIADMK.
The AIADMK (Amma) led by V K Sasikala and AIADMK (Puratchithalaivi Amma) of rebel group led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam are locked in a bitter battle in the bypoll necessitated by the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year.
Both the factions are facing a litmus test as the outcome would have a bearing on their future.
Besides the DMK, candidates of BJP, CPIM, DMDK led by actor Vijaykanth are also contesting the byelections to the city constituency.
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