The TTV Dinakaran faction of AIADMK moved the Madras High Court on Thursday, demanding a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. This comes after the sidelined leader, last week, appealed to the Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to take an action on the plea seeking ouster of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and the demand for a floor test in the Assembly.
Dhinakaran, who has the support of 21 MLAs, had said that he urged the governor to direct Palaniswami to show his majority in the Assembly. “It is evident that he (Palaniswami) has no majority. Therefore he should be asked (by the Governor) to prove majority,” he had said. He had also claimed that the Palaniswami camp itself acknowledged the fact that they do not fulfill the requisite number.
In the 234-member house, the AIADMK has a strength of 135, including the Speaker. The opposition has a total strength of 98, including 89 of the DMK, eight of Congress and an IUML member.
Meanwhile, members of the faction, met Election Commission officials in Delhi and raised the issue of Sasikala’s dismissal from the post of interim chief of AIADMK saying that the party’s General Council meet should not be considered valid.
This is a developing story. More details are awaited.