High Court stays TN floor test till September 20

High Court stays TN floor test till September 20

High Court stays TN floor test till September 20

The unified ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday asserted that it has enough MLAs to prove its majority in the Assembly, and it was not necessary to conduct a floor test at this juncture.

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.

September 14: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Thursday rubbished the speculations of sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran joining hands with them and added that same interest doesn't mean joining hands together.

Justice M Duraiswamy gave the directive while passing interim orders on petitions filed by DMK working president M K Stalin and others seeking a direction to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to call for a floor test under the supervision of an independent observer appointed by the court. 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. A seat is lying vacant after the death of Jayalalithaa. Following the revolt of 19 party MLAs against Palanisamy, they were all initially put up at a resort in Puducherry.

RB Udaykumar, Tamil Nadu Minister, who read the resolution at the council meeting said all announcements of TTV Dinakaran are not binding on the party. "You (EPS-OPS) claim you have the support of party workers, so if you have the guts, let us face fresh elections", he said.

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

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 Opposition leader has been reiterating his demand to have Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami prove his majority in the House since he parted ways with Dinakaran.

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. The counsel also said that the MLAs have sought protection from the Karnataka police to appear before the Speaker.

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