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AIADMK MLA who fled resort says people’s mandate won’t allow to him to vote

Arun Kumar told reporters that voters and supporters in his constituency were not in favour of the functioning of the present AIADMK leadership.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2017 10:55 IST
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O. Panneerselvam’s camp received a boost late Friday  when Coimbatore MLA Arun Kumar decided to skip Saturday’s trust vote in the assembly.
O. Panneerselvam’s camp received a boost late Friday when Coimbatore MLA Arun Kumar decided to skip Saturday’s trust vote in the assembly. (HT file photo)

The Edapaddi K Palaniswami camp received a jolt ahead of voting on the confidence motion in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Saturday when Coimbatore North MLA Arun Kumar walked out of it and decided to abstain.

Arun Kumar told reporters that voters and supporters in his constituency were not in favour of the functioning of the present AIADMK leadership.

“Considering the people’s mandate, I decided to abstain from voting and not support Chief Minister Edapadi Palanisamy,” Kumar said.

He also demanded that Palaniswami relieve himself from the “clutches of family politics” and concentrate on good governance.

“Ideology is more important to me than money and power,” he said.

Kumar said he had escaped late Friday from the Golden Bay resort at Koovathur, about 80 km from Chennai, where many MLAs supporting AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala have been camping since last week.

He also announced his decision to resign from the post of Coimbatore Urban District secretary.

Kumar’s announcement has reduced the Palaniswami camp’s support to 122 members in the 234-member house.