In a surprising turn of events, AIADMK MLA R Kangaraj openly threatened to leave the Sasikala camp if necessary action is not taken against the granite quarry company where two workers died on March 17.
Two men died in an accident during a blast misfire in the quarry belonging to one Anandkumar at Sulur in Coimbatore. Kanagaraj, who represents the Sulur constituency, visited the site on Saturday seeking an explanation and demanded that the officers in-charge should take immediate action against the owner.
Kanagaraj also had a heated argument with an official over the phone where the person threatened him of informing chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami about Kanagaraj's actions. The irked MLA, in his response, said, "I'm not worried about any CM. We have a new CM every 3 to 6 months. Two men have been murdered in my constituency. If you want to talk to the CM, go ahead. I have no problem and I'm not scared of our CM. Go tell him that Sulur MLA said that he is not afraid of you".
Kanagaraj claimed that the officers don't even visit the quarry before giving a permit and do not check the safety measures at all, which leads to loss of lives.
"They don't even visit the place, all they do is just get the money and give the ticket. I'll definitely see to it that action is taken against them. If no action is taken, I'll leave the government or resign," he threatened the Sasikala faction.
Soon after his threat, district collector Hariharan immediately sealed the quarry. Speaking on the issue, AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran assured that Sulur MLA Kanagaraj is still with them and that it is just a minor issue.