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

TTV Dinakaran

In the plea, the DMK had raised concerns that the Speaker might disqualify the 19 MLAs affiliated to ousted AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran if the test was not held immediately.

To this, the Court asked what action was being taken against the MLAs as the notice period, seeking explanation from them, ended today.

Chennai: Amid escalating infighting in Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK, the TTV Dhinakaran faction of the party on Thursday moved a plea in the Madras High Court seeking a floor test in the state assembly.

Dinakaran on Wednesday said that he would never go with the DMK, amid speculations that his faction would part ways from the merged factions of chief minister E. Palanisamy and his predecessor O. Panneerselvam. The Palaniswamy Government has the support of 111 MLAs while the Opposition DMK and the rebel AIADMK combine has a strength of 117 MLAs in the House. A seat is lying vacant after the death of Jayalalithaa.

He claimed that there was no violation of rules by the MLAs, and they had not "betrayed the party, and not left the party".




N Raja Senthoor Pandian, who represented Dhinakaran's 18 loyalist MLAs, said protection of Karnataka police was sought for legislators to appear before the Speaker for final hearing, he said, flanked by MLA P Vetrivel. They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since staying there. 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 resolution further said that the Palanisamy and his deputy, Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol. Hardening his stance, Dhinakaran, who had been demanding that chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami be replaced, has now threatened to topple the government, presumably with the help of DMK's 89 MLAs. "Therefore, at this point, the floor test is not required", deputy speaker Pollachi Jayaraman said.

He also faulted the Chief Minister for convening the party General Council to remove her as interim general secretary.

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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