Kneel & apologise at Jaya's memorial and return to party: AIADMK to disqualified MLAs
October 29, 2018  15:54
The ruling AIADMK on Monday asked the 18 disqualified party MLAs siding with rival leader T T V Dinakaran to "kneel" and "apologise" at the memorial of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and return to the party fold.  

Party mouthpiece 'Namathu Amma' credited the victory of all 18 individuals in the 2016 assembly polls to the late AIADMK supremo and asked them to "deeply repent" their action of siding with Dinakaran before returning to the parent organisation.

A write-up in the vernacular daily came days after the AIADMK leadership extended an olive branch to the 18 disqualified legislators, asking them to jump on to the ruling party bandwagon, as the ruling party leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami alleged Dinakaran of "misleading" them.

The disqualified MLAs have "come on the streets" by siding with Dinakaran and are in a "pitiable situation," it said, adding those who became MLAs because of Jayalalithaa were now virtually reduced to nothing by joining the "wrong camp". 

"You had deserted the temple called AIADMK and joined AMMK. Whether you went for benefits or unwittingly, this situation has come up because of your veering off the path shown by Amma (Jayalalithaa)," it said.

"Deeply repent (your actions). Kneel before Amma (at her memorial at Marina) and seek a tearful apology. Issue an apology letter to the party and return on time," it said.

The mouthpiece also recalled that Dinakaran had been earlier dismissed from the party by Jayalalithaa.

The Madras high court had on October 25 upheld the June 14 order of the then chief justice disqualifying the 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs, in a huge relief to the K Palaniswami government.

-- PTI
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