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AIADMK crisis: Madras HC extends stay order on floor test until disposal of cases filed by pro-TTV Dhinakaran MLAs

AIADMK crisis: With the disqualification of the 18 MLAs, the government would require the support of only 108 MLAs to win the trust vote. The seat, left vacant by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, has not been filled yet.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2017 5:10 pm
aiadmk, aiadmk crisis, madras high court, dhinakaran, ttv dhinakaran, ek palaniswami, tamil nadu crisis, tamil nadu news TTV Dhinakaran, along with his supporters, addressing a press conference in Madurai on Monday. (PTI Photo)

The Madras High Court Wednesday extended the stay order on the floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. The court said the trust vote cannot be held until the cases filed by eight of the 18 disqualified MLAs are disposed. It also said no poll notification will be issued for the 18 Assembly seats falling vacant due to the disqualification of the dissident AIADMK MLAs.

The HC was hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the disqualification of the 18 legislators loyal to TTV Dhinakaran, nephew of jailed party leader VK Sasikala. The next hearing of the case is scheduled on October 4.

Eight of the 18 legislators had moved court protesting the ‘unauthorized’ and ‘illegal’ way in which Speaker P Dhanapal disqualified them under the anti-defection law. The petitioners sought to restrain the Speaker, government chief whip S Rajendran, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and the Assembly secretary from interfering with their rights as elected representatives. The MLAs earlier had met Governor Vidyasagar Rao on August 22 withdrawing support to the government led by Chief Minister EK Palaniswami.

The legislators had also asked the court to grant an interim stay on the operation and implementation of the September 18 impugned order. They also sought permission to participate in the proposed floor test in the Assembly.

With the disqualification of the 18 MLAs, the government would require the support of only 108 MLAs to win the trust vote as the number of elected representatives reduced to 215 with one seat vacant.

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  1. C
    Sep 20, 2017 at 8:38 pm
    Judge Duraiswamy plays to gallery...he s done hurakiri in karti chidambaram case by staxing lookout notice..what happend at sc everyone aware.also on carrying gutka to assembly he has protected dmk mlas...he s not abv board on many occasions another kumsrsswamy in indian judicial service
    1. Poongavoor Raghupathy
      Sep 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm
      Is it possible now that in the interest of Tamilnadu the center can pass a resolution that the floor test has to be conducted now and take approval from their own President. This will solve Edappadi's problems and the Governor can do other works if he has any.Already Modiji has promised that he would help AIADMK and Tamilnadu.
      1. S
        Sep 20, 2017 at 7:47 pm
        Now this will go to sc, sc will take few weeks and send back to hc, hc will decide but will put stay on implimentation till sc decides. Why sc can not decide now? There is precedence on such issues set by sc. but always, instead of taking decisionour courts continue to drag the issue.
        1. Poongavoor Raghupathy
          Sep 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm
          Edappadi thought he was smart.But the Court has proved they are smarter. The Governor of Tamilnadu is quietly watching all the dramas of AIADMK and often coming and going to Chennai. What sort of democracy we are in India.
          1. N
            Sep 20, 2017 at 8:19 pm
            Governor and centre r pulling the strings. These aiadmk people r just dancing to tune. The centre wants their puppet government to continue.
          2. V
            Sep 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm
            Now we trust to the court now all the court in indai became the servant of Modi and Amit shah good goveranance of Modi. This fire from Central Govt. which has no Fire brigiridares to shut the fire... Again our janta want to elect these corrupt BJP Govt to make more hell? .. Jai Hind
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