The 18 AIADMK MLAs supporting the T T V Dhinakaran faction, whose disqualification by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker was upheld by Madras High Court on Thursday, have decided to move the Supreme Court with an appeal citing that Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and MLAs supporting him did not face action for a similar act in the past.
Thanga Tamil Selvan, one of the MLAs disqualified, addressed the media on Friday and said that they have decided to challenge the HC order for “justice”.
“Panneerselvam and his MLAs voted against the government in the floor test (in early 2017). There was no action against them but we were disqualified. Where is the justice,” Selvan asked.
The decision to challenge the High Court order was taken at an overnight meeting of 23 MLAs supporting Dhinakaran at a hotel in Madurai, it is learnt.
Accusing Speaker P Dhanapal of having acted in a prejudiced manner, Selvan said their decision to challenge the HC order in the apex court will not affect elections. “All of us will contest the bypolls,” he said.
With 20 Assembly seats now lying vacant, Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo told the media that bypolls may be held before the Lok Sabha elections next year.