No floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly till September 20: Madras HC

AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran along with his supporters addressing a press conference in Madurai on Monday. Pic  PTI

The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered that a floor test should not be held till September 20 for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E.K. Palaniswami to prove his legislative majority.

Sidelined AIADMK (Amma) deputy chief Dhinakaran had last week called on the state's Governor, Ch Vidyasagar Rao, to take action on the plea seeking ouster of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and the demand for a fresh floor test in the Assembly.

Justice M Duraiswamy passed the order as the Speaker informed the court that he was not in a position to tell whether he would pass orders in the disqualification proceedings against 19 rebel AIADMK MLAs before the floor test is conducted.

Dhinakaran camp MLAs' interim reply comes days after Dhanapal directed them to appear before him today by sending a third notice on September eight.

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.

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.

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"The Governor delayed (on directing floor test), but DMK won't keep quiet". Senior ministers say that the hidden agenda of TTV-DMK combine would not succeed and the government would embark on a mission to gain strength by way of numbers.

Besides, the 98 MLAs of the DMK and its allies in the opposition had expressed their "unequivocal no-confidence" in the government, it said, adding, "Hence, it is clear that the the government has lost its majority".

One seat is vacant since the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa past year. "The governor and chief minister are working in tandem", he had claimed.

On his rival AIADMK camp's criticism that he has joined hands with DMK in his tussle against Palanisamy, Dhinakaran said "there is no direct or indirect alliance with that party". 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.

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

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