Madras HC stays floor test until Sept 20 — AIADMK crisis

Sep 16, 2017, 00:41
Madras HC stays floor test until Sept 20 — AIADMK crisis

"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.

The Madras High Court had on Thursday directed that no floor test be held in the state Assembly till September 20. They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since staying there.

Senior ruling party leader and Deputy Speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman hit out at Stalin for desiring to become an "instant Chief Minister", and mocked at him saying it will remain a "pipe dream".

"There is no history of adharma and betrayal having triumphed". It claimed that such a move would favour the ruling group under Chief Minister E Palaniswami as the number of MLAs needed to prove his government's majority would come down.

Speaking to ANI, DMK leader A. Saravanan said it is a fallacy to say that the party is going to join hands with them.

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. "The minority government will try to show that it has majority in the Assembly", the counsel for DMK told the court.

Dinakaran on Wednesday said that he would never go with the DMK, amid speculations that his faction would part ways from the merged factions of chief minister E. Palanisamy and his predecessor O. Panneerselvam.

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

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". "He is working on destabilizing the government installed by Amma (Jayalalithaa), by aligning with her opponents", said Munusamy, nominated by the general council to be deputy coordinator of the steering committee.

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.

The AIADMK, in its general council meeting, passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary V.K. Sasikala stands expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited.