Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

No floor test in TN Assembly till Sept 20: HC

No floor test in TN Assembly till Sept 20: HC

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. "When asked as to what renovation the civic body is planning on the ground, the officials told us that the stage was undergoing renovation", said Manoharan.

Dinakaran is the nephew of sacked party chief VK Sasikala, who had appointed him her deputy before going to jail for corruption in February.

In the plea, the DMK had raised concerns that the Speaker might disqualify the 19 MLAs affiliated to ousted AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran if the test was not held immediately.

According to the petitioner, at present at least 21 AIADMK MLAs and 98 DMK legislators and its alliance partners have expressed their unequivocal no-confidence in the Palaniswami-led ministry.

The Dinakaran camp claims a support of 19 MLAs. He said the State government enjoyed majority as all "134 AIADMK MLAs" supported it. The RK Nagar seat is vacant following the death of then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa past year. "Therefore, at this point, the floor test is not required", deputy speaker Pollachi Jayaraman said.

Saravanan further said that the party wants the present state government to go because they are destroying the state of Tamil Nadu and in these last six months they have done nothing.

Appearing for the DMK, senior counsel Kapil Sibal said that the government was trying to manipulate its minority in the House into a majority by taking steps to disqualify the 19 rebel MLAs.

On Wednesday, Dinakaran 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.

"I repeatedly say that DMK is our primary rival".

In Delhi, meanwhile, the Dinakaran faction approached the Election Commission, contending that the AIADMK general council meeting called by Palaniswami and the decisions taken, including the sacking of Sasikala as general secretary, were invalid.

Dhinakaran had earlier dismissed the September 12 General Council as a "public meeting", saying the court could have the final say on the matter.

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