AIADMK crisis: Madras HC stays floor test until Sept 20

EK Palanisamy. Source Twitter/@senthil84361634

Speaker P Dhanapal had issued notices to the legislators and asked them to appear before him on Thursday.

Citing pending disqualification proceedings against 19 MLAs loyal to Dhinkaran after their rebellion against Chief Minister K Palaniswami, the petitioners submitted that they apprehended that the Speaker might disqualify the legislators.

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.

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"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. "To protect our party, I will go to any extent", he said, adding that his faction has 21 MLAs on its side.

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

The stay order comes against the background of fears among 19 MLAs belonging to the Dhinakaran camp that they may be disqualified and a floor test may be held as sought by the DMK without giving any time to the MLAs to challenge any order that might be passed by the Assembly secretariat. By doing so, Palanisamy may not require to garner the required support of 117 MLAs to win the trust vote, he said. They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since staying there.

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Speaking to reporters here, Mr. Jayaraman referring to Cumbum MLA S.T.K. Jakkaiyan (who switched over to the camp headed by Chief Minister Palaniswami) said other MLAs, who presently owe allegiance to sidelined leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran too would follow suit.

"The Governor delayed (on directing floor test), but DMK won't keep quiet". 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.

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

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