No floor test in TN Assembly till Sept 20: Madras HC

No floor test in TN Assembly till Sept 20: Madras HC

No floor test in TN Assembly till Sept 20: Madras HC

The move by Dinakaran, VK Sasikala's nephew, comes after his appeal to Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao last month to act on removing Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, and holding a floor test in the Assembly.

"When the Speaker is not ready to speak about the disqualification proceedings, there is nothing wrong in staying the floor test until the advocate general gets instructions from the governor", Justice Duraiswamy said.

The legislator further said that though Speaker P Dhanapal had given them an opportunity to meet him, it was not possible to do so at this juncture and hence, all the 18 legislators have sought five more days to meet him.

The differences of opinion among AIADMK MLAs were an intra-family dispute and the ruling AIADMK government had sufficient majority in the Assembly, senior party leader and Deputy Assembly Speaker Pollachi V. Jayaraman claimed here on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, the combative leader also alleged that Palanisamy had tried to "adopt short-cut" method of facing a floor test of his government on Monday by disqualifying 18 MLAs supporting him.

Mr. Stalin could not even become the president of his own party and was still the working president, Mr. Jayaraman said and added: "His dream to become the Chief Minister would not come true". 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.

The DMK leader demanded an immediate floor test from the Governor.

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 a year ago.

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. "However, if a challenge emerged for AIADMK government, all of those, who won on AIADMK's two leaves symbol, would support the government under Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami", he said.

On Wednesday, Dhinakaran said that he would never go with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), amid speculations that his faction would part ways from the merged factions of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy and his predecessor O Panneerselvam.

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