Tamil Nadu: Dhinakaran herds 17 rebel MLAs to resort ahead of disqualification verdict
TVV Dhinakaran, who floated Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagham (AMMK) after getting sidelined by the AIADMK, has vowed to unseat Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami from power.
If the court quashes the disqualification order, the AIADMK government will have to face a vote of confidence to prove its majority, as the ruling party does not have the magic figure of 117 but with 18 members disqualified, the halfway point is lowered.
As per the party position in Tamil Nadu assembly, the ruling AIADMK has 116 members followed by DMK-89, Congress-8, IUML-1, Independent-1, the Speaker and 18 vacant seats, totalling 234. Besides, there is one nominated member.
The MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker P Dhanapal after they met the Governor in August last year and gave a memorandum expressing loss of confidence in Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and requested him to appoint a new Chief Minister. Their meeting had come a day after the formal merger of the two factions led by Palaniswami and then rebel leader and now Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.
Palaniswamy and Panneerselvan deposed Dhinaknaran as the AIADMK deputy general secretary amid the intense power struggle in the ruling party after the demise of its supremo Jayalalithaa in December, 2016.
A resolution adopted at a meeting chaired by Palaniswami on August 28 last year had said Dhinakaran was “removed” from the post of deputy general secretary. Opposition parties have since been insisting the governor direct a floor test for the Palaniswami government for proving its majority in the assembly.
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