Madras High Court rejects Dhinakaran’s plea, says no floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly before 20 September


The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered that no floor test should be done in the Tamil Nadu Assembly till 20 September.

The order comes in response to a plea filed by the TTV Dhinakaran faction of the AIADMK party, urging a floor test in the state Assembly. According to a report in The Indian Express, the plea urged the court to direct Chief Minister E Palaniswamy to prove his majority in the house.

Dhinakaran, who claims to have the backing of 21 other MLAs, said on Wednesday that it was evident that Palaniswamy had no majority. Furthermore, he claimed that the chief minister’s camp itself acknowledged that they do not have the requisite numbers to hold the seat, according to a report by Business Standard.

Madras High Court. Courtesy: CNN-News18

Currently, the AIADMK has 135 out of 234 MLAs in Tamil Nadu. The main opposition party, the DMK, has 89 seats, while Congress has eight seats. The IUML has one solitary MLA in the state Assembly.

If the Dhinakaran faction with its 21 MLAs was to join hands with the DMK, they could have enough to topple the Palaniswamy government. But the exiled leader has ruled out any chances of such a tie-up. Dhinakaran said, “DMK is our main challenger and we’ll fight against them, and win the elections. The ruling faction is spreading falsehood that we are in alignment with DMK.”

The DMK on Tuesday had moved the Madras High Court, urging the court to direct the Tamil Nadu governor to order a floor test, after a group of ruling AIADMK MLAs withdrew their support to the chief minister.

The petition, filed by DMK working president MK Stalin, also wanted the floor test to be held under the supervision of an independent observer appointed by the high court.

It also sought a direction to the chief minister, refraining him from taking any major policy decisions, pending the disposal of the petition.

With inputs from PTI

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