File photo: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
Madurai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Tuesday said the party has not extended any invitation to sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran to return to the ruling party fold but only to those who had gone "off track."
Referring to the party extending an olive branch to 18 disqualified party MLAS, the AIADMK joint coordinator said some people were "lured away" with an intention to "break" the ruling party.
"Some persons went off track and we have invited them to return. We have not extended invitation to T T V Dhinakaran because he is not a member of AIADMK," he told reporters here.
After labelling them as betrayers, the AIADMK had Saturday extended an olive branch to the 18 disqualified MLAs, asking them to jump on to the ruling party bandwagon and flayed Dhinakaran, leader of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, for "misleading" them.
"We invite you with love and affection to join again the massive people's movement nurtured by Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma," O Panneerselvam, the AIADMK coordinator, and Palaniswami had said.
Their invitation had come in the wake of the Madras High Court last week upholding the June 14 order of the then Chief Justice disqualifying 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs.
To a query, Palaniswami alleged that the DMK had anticipated the fall of the AIADMK government, besides a split in the party, following the death of J Jayalalithaa in 2016.
However, none of this had happened, and the opposition party had now resorted to filing cases against him and some of his cabinet colleagues, charging them with corruption.