Stalin is in fear of losing: CM

Stating DMK president M K Stalin would never become the Chief Minister, Chief Minister and AIADMK co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami has said the DMK moved a no-confidence motion against Speaker P Dhanapal as it was not sure of winning the byelections to 22 Assembly constituencies in the State. If the DMK wins all the 22 seats, the main opposition party would automatically get majority in the House, he said adding, “they are gripped by fear of defeat at the hustings, and since they cannot win 22 Assembly seats, they have brought the no confidence motion against the Speaker.”

Explaining the circumstances under which by-elections to 22 Assembly seats had to be conducted this time along with Lok Sabha polls, Palaniswami said as three AIADMK MLAs’ had acted “against the party’s interests” (during the LS poll campaign recently), the government chief whip, Rajendran had given a petition to the Speaker. Stalin has been claiming that his party would win in bypolls to all the 22 Assembly seats, he pointed out and wondered the rationale behind bringing a motion seeking Speaker's removal if the DMK was to win all the seats.