No Trust Vote till Sep 20 : Madras HC

by Abel Hampton September 16, 2017, 0:43
No Trust Vote till Sep 20 : Madras HC

The Madras High Court had on Thursday directed that no floor test be held in the state Assembly till September 20.

The matter came up while hearing DMK leader MK Stalin's petition seeking a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on the grounds that Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had lost majority in the House.

Justice M Duraiswamy passed the order as the Speaker informed the court that he was not in a position to tell whether he would pass orders in the disqualification proceedings against 19 rebel AIADMK MLAs before the floor test is conducted. They have been asked to appear before speaker P Dhanapal to explain their stand on Friday.

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. There are reports that the Palaniswamy Government would pre-empt the Opposition move to topple the Government by getting the 19 AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to Sasikala and Dinakaran disqualified.

"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.

Speaking to ANI, DMK leader A. Saravanan said it is a fallacy to say that the party is going to join hands with them.

On his rival AIADMK camp's criticism that he has joined hands with DMK in his tussle against Palanisamy, Dhinakaran said "there is no direct or indirect alliance with that party". He said the State government enjoyed majority as all "134 AIADMK MLAs" supported it.

"I can go to any extent to save the party", he warned.

The rebel leader threatened to pull down the government "to save the AIADMK", the ruling party in Tamil Nadu that has been in turmoil since the death of its supremo J Jayalalithaa in December previous year. K P Munusamy, a voracious critic of Sasikala clan, said Dhinakaran was all out to take revenge and was looking for parties like DMK to team up with.

Dhinakaran claimed 21 AIADMK MLAs were now against the chief minister and wanted his removal, a demand raised with the Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

RB Udaykumar, Tamil Nadu Minister, who read the resolution at the council meeting said all announcements of TTV Dinakaran are not binding on the party.

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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