Madras High Court stays Tamil Nadu assembly floor test till Wednesday

16 September, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran along with his supporters addressing a press conference in Madurai on Monday. Pic  PTI

Chennai: Asserting that DMK was his prime enemy, sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran said that "his party" would not align with M K Stalin's DMK now or in the future.

Dhinakaran camp MLAs' interim reply comes days after Dhanapal directed them to appear before him today by sending a third notice on September eight.

Of the 234 members of the Legislative Assembly, the present government enjoys the support of only 113, excluding the Speaker, against the minimum requirement of 117 MLAs.

The Madras High Court on Thursday said there will be no floor test in the Tamil Nadu assembly till September 20.

"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.


Justice M Duraiswamy - who heard a petition filed by the Opposition DMK seeking an immediate trust vote by the Government against the backdrop of the letters submitted by the 19 rebel AIADMK MLAs to the Governor indicating their withdrawal of support to the Edappadi Palaniswami Gover-nment - asked Advocate General Vijay Narayan what the Governor was planning to do with the letters. A seat is lying vacant after the death of Jayalalithaa. They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since staying there. He said he will go to any extent to protect the party.

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 resolution further said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E. Palanisamy and his deputy, O. Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol. It claimed that such a move would favour the ruling group under Chief Minister E Palaniswami as the number of MLAs needed to prove his government's majority would come down. According to media reports from the Asian News Service, the camp led by Dhinakaran argued before the poll watchdog that All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam General Council meet where VK Sasikala was removed would not be considered legal.

The TTV Dhinakaran faction also met the officials from the Election Commission (EC) and requested them to declare the recently-conducted general council meeting of the party null and void.

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