HC stays TN floor test till Wednesday on rebels' disqualification fear

AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran along with his supporters addressing a press conference in Madurai on Monday. Pic  PTI

The unified ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday asserted that it has enough MLAs to prove its majority in the Assembly, and it was not necessary to conduct a floor test at this juncture.

The differences of opinion among AIADMK MLAs were an intra-family dispute and the ruling AIADMK government had sufficient majority in the Assembly, senior party leader and Deputy Assembly Speaker Pollachi V. Jayaraman claimed here on Thursday.

September 14: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Thursday rubbished the speculations of sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran joining hands with them and added that same interest doesn't mean joining hands together.

"The short-cut adopted by Palanisamy is, he tried to have the floor test by Monday (apparently September 18) after disqualification (of his supporting MLAs)", he alleged.

Another Dhinakaran loyalist, Thanga Tamilselvan who is now staying at a resort in Karnataka told reporters there that "as a next step we are waiting to meet President and appeal to him".

The resolution further said that the Palanisamy and his deputy, Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol.

The court asked the government counsel whether action was being contemplated by the Speaker against the 19 legislators belonging to the Dinakaran group who have revolted against the Chief Minister.

As there was no assurance forthcoming, the judge proceeded to observe that when the Speaker was not in a position to say whether he would pass orders, there was nothing wrong in staying the floor test.

The AIADMK, in its general council meeting, passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary V K Sasikala stands expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited.

Dhinakaran had earlier dismissed the September 12 General Council as a "public meeting", saying the court could have the final say on the matter.

Besides, the 98 MLAs of the DMK and its allies in the opposition had expressed their "unequivocal no-confidence" in the government, it said, adding, "Hence, it is clear that the the government has lost its majority".

The PIL also sought to restrain Chief Minister "Edappadi" K Palaniswami from taking any major/policy decision pending disposal of the writ petition.

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