AIADMK crisis: Dinakaran complains Tamil Nadu police harassing MLAs loyal to him

AIADMK crisis: Dinakaran complains Tamil Nadu police harassing MLAs loyal to him

It is nothing short of a big relief for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and his deputy O. Panneerselvam as Madras High Court on Thursday ruled out floor test in the state Assembly till September 20.

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 passing orders, Justice M Duraisamy had observed that the court does not wish to interfere with the privileges of the Speaker and that it its the Speaker's discretion to disqualify the MLAs or not.

Dhinakaran camp MLAs' interim reply comes days after Dhanapal directed them to appear before him today by sending a third notice on September eight.

Vetrivel, whose petition expressed apprehension that the Speaker might disqualify the 19 dissident MLAs, argued that the disqualification may go in favour of the CM in case of a floor test is conducted.

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.

"You (EPS-OPS) claim you have support of party workers, so if you have the guts, let us face fresh elections", he said.

Vijila Sathyananth, of the Dinakaran faction, told the media in Chennai that the faction would soon hold a general council meet of the party after the consent of their general secretary - VK Sasikala. He said he will go to any extent to protect the party. By doing so, Palanisamy may not require to garner the required support of 117 MLAs to win the trust vote, he said.

The rebel leader threatened to pull down the government "to save the AIADMK", the ruling party in Tamil Nadu that has been in turmoil since the death of its supremo J Jayalalithaa in December a year ago.

Dhinakaran had earlier dismissed the September 12 General Council as a "public meeting", saying the court could have the final say on the matter.

Dhinakaran also slammed Palanisamy for "aligning" with former rebel leader O Panneerselvam, now Deputy Chief Minister.

As there was no assurance forthcoming, the judge proceeded to observe that when the Speaker was not in a position to say whether he would pass orders, there was nothing wrong in staying the floor test.