High Court stays TN floor test till September 20

EK Palanisamy. Source Twitter/@senthil84361634

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.

An AIADMK MLA on Thursday told reporters that the TTV Dhinakaran faction has made a decision to meet the President soon over a wide range of issues.

The judge passed the interim order on a plea moved by the DMK seeking a direction to the governor to take immediate steps to conduct a floor test in the assembly to prove the ruling government's majority in the House.

"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. He said the State government enjoyed majority as all "134 AIADMK MLAs" supported it.

Stalin had, on Sunday, called on the governor and urged him to direct the Palaniswami government to prove its majority in the Assembly within a week, in the wake of the revolt by the 19 AIADMK MLAs against the chief minister last month.

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

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 resolution further said that the Palanisamy and his deputy, Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol.

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

The DMK, which has a few times petitioned Rao to direct the Palanisamy government to prove its numbers, had moved the court on the matter recently.

"His faction had moved the court against a possible disqualification of its MLAs after "sensing" such possible action", from Speaker P Dhanapal, he said.

According to ANI, the camp led by Dhinakaran argued before the poll watchdog that the recent AIADMK General Council meet where VK Sasikala was ousted shouldn't be considered legal.

The allegations resonated at the general council meeting convened by the unified party on Wednesday, when jailed leader V K Sasikala was expelled from the post of general secretary.

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