AIADMK power struggle: Madras HC says no floor test before September 20

Pauline Gross
September 14, 2017

"They were told that cases will be lodged against them if they go against the government", Dinakaran said, and accused the Chief Minister of making "desperate attempts" to gain majority in the House.

Chennai: Amid escalating infighting in Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK, the Madras High Court today stayed till Wednesday (September 20) the conduct of a floor test in the Tamil Nadu assembly to prove the majority of the Edappi K Palaniswami government.

This comes after the TTV Dhinakaran camp had expressed their apprehensions that 19 MLAs would be disqualified by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker. He said he believes that they will return to their faction.

He claimed that he has the support of 21 MLAs, "I will go to any extent to protect our party".

The general council called by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami led faction of the AIADMK removed Sasikala from the post of temporary general secretary and Dinakaran as deputy general secretary.

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The representatives, also including MPs Vasanthi Murugesan, N Gokula Krishnan and B Senguttuvan, said a general council meeting would be convened by ousted party deputy general secretary Dhinakaran with the permission of Sasikala.

They alleged the Tamil Nadu police were intimidating them with false cases and luring them with promises of several crores of rupees provided they switch to the ruling faction. Maintaining that the party is of prime concern, he said cadres are now asking him to dissolve the Palaniswami-led government. Other terms of the resolution state that all announcements by T.T.V. Dinakaran stand cancelled.

The DMK and the Dinakaran faction fear that the Speaker would act against the 19 lawmakers so that the government wins the floor test.

Tamil Nadu's leader of opposition MK Stalin also said that he had moved the Madras High Court because Governor C Vidyasagar Rao did not take due cognisance of his request of conducting a floor test in state assembly. While the AG refused to give an assurance to the court, he said that the process of disqualification had already been initiated against the concerned MLAs.

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