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No floor test in TN Assembly till Sep 20 : Madras High Court

16 September 2017
No floor test in TN Assembly till Sep 20 : Madras High Court

Dhinakaran had alleged yesterday that the ruling faction led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami was "intimidating" his loyalists MLAs who were now camping in Karnataka, by sending police after them.

Stalin, in his petition, had sought a direction to the Governor to order a floor test for the Palanisami government, claiming that it has lost its majority in view of the 19 MLAs expressing their lack of confidence in the Chief Minister.

Speaker P. Dhanapal has also issued notices for breach of privilege to the DMK MLAs for displaying banned tobacco product "gutkha" in the assembly.

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. He said he would go to any extent to protect the party, as popular sentiment among the one-and-a-half crore cadres and the people was to end the rule of the "treacherous" EPS government.

Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Stalin, submitted that the Speaker might pass an order disqualifying the 19 MLAs and might conduct the floor test on Sunday so that they would not have time to approach the court for relief. They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since staying there. By doing so, Palanisamy may not require to garner the required support of 117 MLAs to win the trust vote, he said.

The AG informed the HC that action will be taken against the 19 MLAs, who had filed a petition with Governor Vidyasagar Rao withdrawing support to Chief Minsiter Edappadi Palaniswami.

Earlier in the day, The T.T.V. Dinakaran faction had met the officials from the Elections Commission and requested them to declare the recently-conducted general council meeting of the AIADMK party null and void.

The DMK and the Dinakaran faction fear that the Speaker would act against the 19 lawmakers so that the government wins the floor test.

Dhinakaran had earlier dismissed the September 12 General Council as a "public meeting", saying the court could have the final say on the matter. The resolution further said that the CM Palanisamy and his deputy, O. Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol. 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.