AIADMK power struggle: No floor test in TN Assembly before September 20, says Madras HC

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AIADMK power struggle: No floor test in TN Assembly before September 20, says Madras HC
AIADMK MLAs in the Dhinakaran camp


The cracks in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) seem to be ever-widening as now the T.T.V. Dhinakaran faction has met the officials from the Elections Commission and has requested them to declare the recently-conducted general council meeting of the party null and void. Vijila Sathyananth, of the Dhinakaran faction, told the media here that the faction would soon hold a general council meet of the party after the consent of their general secretary - V.K. Sasikala.

The TTV Dhinakaran faction of the party on Thursday moved a plea in the Madras High Court seeking a floor test in the state assembly. They have urged the court to give directions to Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) to prove majority in the Assembly. However, the High Court said that there would be no immediate floor test and gave a lifeline to the EPS government till September 20. The court gave the order after apprehension from DMK and Dhinakaran faction of AIADMK that speaker may disqualify the 19 dissident MLAs. 

Today is the last day for the 19 dissidents MLAs to appear in person before Speaker P Dhanapal to give an explanation for the notice asking why they should not be disqualified for giving letters to Governor withdrawing support to CM Edappadi K Palanisami. Meanwhile, Thanga Thamizhselvan MLA in Karnataka resort says they have sought 5 days time to appear before Speaker.

Yesterday, Dhinakaran said that he would never go with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), amid speculations that his faction would part ways from the merged factions of chief minister E. Palanisamy and his predecessor O. Panneerselvam. "I have told the governor to ask Palanisamy to prove their majority. To protect our party, I will go to any extent," he said, adding that his faction has 21 MLAs on its side.

Earlier on Tuesday, Dhinakaran invited the EPS-OPS faction of the AIADMK for a face fresh election, if they believe they have the majority in support.

Dhinakaran even swore to throw the ruling Tamil Nadu Government out of power. The AIADMK, in its general council meeting, passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary V.K. Sasikala stands expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited.

The resolution further said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E. Palanisamy and his deputy, O. Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol.

Other terms of the resolution state that all announcements by T.T.V. Dhinakaran stand cancelled.
Tamil Nadu's leader of opposition M.K. Stalin also said that he had moved the Madras High Court because  Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao did not take due cognizance of his request of conducting a floor test in the state assembly. Stalin said he had asserted earlier that he will approach the court if Rao fails to address his concerns. The DMK leader demanded an immediate floor test from the Governor. 

(With ANI inputs)

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