The DMK has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, asking it to fast-track proceedings in connection with the 11 AIADMKs case. The 11 legislators include Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
Justice A K Sikri, before whom the petition came up for hearing, said that the Supreme Court would hear the case this week itself.
DMK on Sunday appealed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to use its Constitutional powers, and save the ‘deer’ of democracy from the ‘hunter’ BJP by holding by-polls in 21 assembly seats along with the coming Lok Sabha elections, slated to be held between April-May.
DMK president MK Stalin said: “In order to have an alliance with AIADMK, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP has assured them for not conducting by-elections in 21 assembly seats along with the Lok Sabha polls.” “ECI must save the deer of democracy
from the hunter of the BJP dictatorship,” he said.
Stalin recently said he would prefer to face elections than forming a government if the AIADMK government were to collapse after a possible disqualification by the Supreme Court of Panneerselvam and 10 AIADMK MLAs for defying the party whip in February 2017 and voting against the Edappadi Palaniswami government in the Assembly.
Speaking to party booth agents of the Manamadurai Assembly constituency in Sivaganga, Stalin said the AIADMK government, which was already a minority one, was hinging on the support of few MLAs.
“The DMK has a possibility of forming a government. But we don’t want it. We don’t like it. Because Karunanidhi has taught us to not make a backdoor entry into power. He always wanted us to apprise people about the DMK’s policies and get their support to form a government with good majority. So get ready for fulfilling his wishes,” he said.