Chennai: With the new Tami Nadu government of Palaniswami set to seek vote of confidence on Saturday, Mylapore MLA and former director general of police R Natraj has decided to support O Panneerselvam camp.
Natraj, who has always remained neutral and did not join OPS or Sasikala camp has now taken a stance to vote against Edapaddi K Palaniswami, the newly appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
Panneerselvam and hid camp now have the support of 11 AIADMK legislators.
"I had to act according to the voices of my voters in the constituency. I have been receiving calls from every nook and corner of Tamil Nadu asking me to take a wise decision and this made me decide to vote against the government," Times of India quoted Natraj as saying.
The Mylapore MLA said he was not afraid of any anti-defection law and considered the opinions of people more important. "I need to answer my constituency people and therefore respect their sentiments. If I don't, I will be failing in my duty," he added.
Panneerselvam on Friday met the Tamil Nadu assembly speaker P Dhanapal and submitted the list of MLAs supporting him (without Natraj's name) who would vote against the current government.