Tamil Nadu tussle: Madras HC to hear petition of disqualified MLAs today

Postado Setembro 20, 2017

Senior counsel P R Raman had made a mention before Justice M Duraiswamy and sought an urgent hearing, following which the judge agreed to hear the petitions today, if filed.

The DMK has directed its partymen to gear up for a "jail bharo" protest (voluntarily courting arrest and filling up jails) against the Tamil Nadu assembly speaker P Dhanapal's decision to disqualify 18 dissident MLAs backing T T V Dhinakaran. The rebel MLAs were disqualified citing anti-defection rules under Schedule 10 of the Constitution.

The chief whip had moved the speaker after the MLAs met Governor Ch Vidaysagar Rao on August 22 and expressed lack of confidence in the chief minister. Sources said that Governor might order the floor test after the Madras High Court hearing the plea in this regard on Wednesday. The DMK has 89 members, the Congress has eight MLAs and the IUML has one member.

Separately, the major opposition party DMK yesterday held a meeting of its MLAs at the party headquarters and chose to take legal and democratic actions to bring down the AIADMK government.

"We are confident of winning the elections after sending this government home".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday accused former finance minister P Chidambaram of stealing his ideas on the issue of eighteen MLAs disqualified by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal.

A majority of the disqualified legislators are staying at a private resort in Karnataka's Kodagu district. In both instances, the MLAs had complained that they were "disillusioned with the functioning" of the governments headed by their respective Chief Ministers, and levelled allegations of "corruption, abuse of power, favouritism, and misuse of government machinery".

The Speaker's decision brings down the strength of the 234-member Assembly to 214 and the magic number for a majority down to 108 from 118, which might enable the Edappadi K Palanisamy government to prove its strength on the floor of the House.