Big Shame! AIADMK MLAs for sale - Moon TV banned across Tamil Nadu

June 13, 2017, Chennai

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Chennai, June 13:  The fate of Tamil Nadu Government under Edappadi Palaniswami is once again hangs in the balance. This after a sting operation carried out by Times Now and Moon TV revealed that the AIADMK faction controlled by VK Sasikala may have paid money to MLAs to sway votes in their favour ahead of the floor test in the state Assembly in February.

This is the first on-camera admission that the February 18, 2017, trust vote in the Tamil Nadu assembly was compromised. 

The sting tapes - released by Times Now yesterday- shows South Madurai legislator S S Saravanan, who reportedly switched to the OPS camp in a sensational fashion by escaping the Koovathur resort.

Long time AIADMK party man and Sulur MLA R Kanagaraj, who voted in favour of Palaniswami, is the other person caught on record blurting out the truth, in the first of a four-part expose aired by the news channel. 

It has emerged that the Sasikala camp were willing to pay as high as Rs 6 crore per MLA in exchange for their vote. The Sasikala camp even offered to pay the bribe in gold after it became difficult to organise the large amount of money in cash. 

Saravanan was speaking to Shahnawaz Khan, managing director of Moon TV, when he revealed the party atmosphere prevalent at the Golden Bay resort. 

Saravanan then spilled the beans on the OPS camp saying that those who were sidelined by late former chief minister J Jayalalithaa had reorganised to form a rival faction. "Those who were sidelined by Amma (Jayalalithaa) are a team now. Dr Maitreyan, KP Munusamy, PH Pandian, Natham Viswanathan and OPS. They all fell out of Amma's favour," he said.

He then explained the rationale behind switching to OPS camp. "If I was with EPS (Palaniswami), I would have been one among the crowd. Since I am here (with OPS) I am being identified...I would have been one among them after receiving Rs 2 crore. Now, there is a name for me and I have started to do politics," he said. 

Sulur MLA Kangaraj acknowledged that the Sasikala camp had promised bribe for votes. "Yes, they promised us money and gold...some of them have received it and some of them haven't and the process is going on," he said in the sting video recorded after the trust vote.

A floor test was conducted on the floor of the House, which saw overwhelming support given to Edappadi K. Palanisamy, close aide of Sasikala, which later led him to stake claim to form the government in the state. Palanisamy was later elected as the chief minister of the state.

According to reports coming in Moon TV was banned across Tamil Nadu. Moon TV is the main source of all videos which were telecasting in Times Now. Since Moon TV does not have big base in Tamil Nadu here, it collaborated with Times Now for this sting operation.