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Karunaas calls on DMK chief Stalin

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Out on bail after his recent arrest on charges of making a provocative speech against Chief Minister K Palaniswami and police, Independent MLA S Karunaas, elected on the AIADMK symbol, Friday called on DMK M K

Karunaas said he had called on Stalin, of the opposition in the state assembly, since the had spoken in his support during the MLA's arrest last month, while questioning why BJP leaders H Raja and S Ve Shekher, both facing cases, had been spared.

Karunaas indicated a section of media and people were of the belief that he was being "directed" by or or (AMMK) founder T T V Dhinakaran.

"Media and people say I am being directed by and T T V Dhinakaran. According to me only Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar can direct me and my community members," he told reporters after meeting Stalin.

Thevar, a freedom fighter, is a highly respected figure in parts of south

A film comedian, Karunaas heads a caste-based outfit, 'Mukkulathor Puli Padai,' and was elected from Thiruvadaanai in district in the 2016 Assembly polls on the AIADMK's Two Leaves symbol.

Repeating his criticism against P Dhanapal, he said the former was acting in a "partisan" manner.

Karunaas, also an actor, recalled he had therefore served a notice seeking Dhanapal's removal.

The move by the MLA came amid reports that the ruling AIADMK was considering seeking his disqualification and that of three other MLAs supporting Dhinakaran, who has been vowing to oust the

K Palaniswami has indicated Karunaas might face action for seeking Dhanapal's removal.

Last year, on a plea by AIADMK, the had disqualified 18 MLAs loyal to Dhinakaran, after they had petitioned the then saying they had lost confidence in the and wanted him to be replaced.

The has recently reserved orders on petitions challenging the disqualifications.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 15:30 IST