Does AIADMK have the numbers to remain in power in Tamil Nadu? Here’s where they stand

While the two factions of the AIADMK, under the Chief Minister and former CM O Panneerselvam, merged on Monday, a third rival unit claiming loyalty to TTV Dinakaran has revolted against the party.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 22, 2017 2:51 pm
AIADMK, AIADMK crisis, TN floor test, DMK floor test, MK Stalin, O Panneerselvam, Edappadi K Palaniswami. VK Sasikala, TTV Dinakaran, India news, Indian Express Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami (R) with his predecessor O Panneerselvam (PTI Photo/File)

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin on Tuesday wrote to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao seeking a floor test in the Assembly. Citing an “unprecedented constitutional crisis”, he said the present government under Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami has lost majority in the House. While the two factions of the AIADMK, one under the Chief Minister and the other under former CM O Panneerselvam, merged on Monday, a third rival unit claiming loyalty to TTV Dinakaran has revolted against the party.

In his letter to the Governor, Stalin, the Leader of Opposition, stated: “As a leader of Opposition, I request the Hon’ble Governor to direct Thiru Edapadi K Palaniswami to prove his majority in the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly immediately.”

Dinakaran and his MLAs are contesting the government’s decision to remove VK Sasikala from her post as general secretary of the party — Dinakaran is Sasikala’s nephew. They are threatening to approach the Governor with a memorandum stating that they have lost faith in the government under Palaniswami. Read: 20 MLAs behind him, TTV Dinakaran to first target CM, meet Governor

In the case of the floor test, will the AIADMK be able to make up the numbers and remain in power?

In the 234-member Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, which was reduced to 233 after the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa and the cancellation of the RK Nagar by-polls, the AIADMK needs at least 117 votes to remain in power. Right now, the two-leaf party has 134 seats in the Assembly, excluding the House Speaker’s and Jayalalithaa’s. However, while Palaniswami claims to have 104 MLAs on his side and Panneerselvam 10, Dinakaran has at least 22 including three Independent MLAs, and his numbers are likely to shoot up.

The two warring factions of the AIADMK, under EPS and OPS, currently have only 114 votes, three short of what is needed to remain in power.

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    Aug 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm
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    1. Venkat Pokkunuri
      Aug 23, 2017 at 5:28 am
      Instead of this situation and horse trading, TN should seek a fresh mandate OPS made a big mistake of joining hands with other faction and accepting palaniswami as CM. OPS is a far better politican and an able administrator he proved him self JL is a past. her time is over. OPS better be taken in to central cabinet and fresh elections be conducted
      1. S
        Aug 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm
        OPS is the main accused for the division of AIADMK party. His name is in Sekar Reddy diary. He is the main culprit
      2. S
        Shafted mohammed
        Aug 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm
        The MLA's got money from dinkaran to stand with him for support. Now Palaniswamy will give them money and he would get their vote and dinkaran would go to jail and rot there all his life. Amma killers must all be punished and Stalin and his corrupt family must be kept out.
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          Aug 22, 2017 at 8:41 pm
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          1. Vaideeswaran Subbarathinam
            Aug 22, 2017 at 8:12 pm
            For the sake of Dinakaran they are going to destroy AIDMK.
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