All eyes are on the Madras high court today when it takes up the disqualification of rebel AIADMK MLAs as well as the opposition DMK’s plea on convening the Assembly to hold a floor test of chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s government.
Ahead of the crucial hearing, DMK working president MK Stalin convened a meeting of the DMK Legislature Party on Tuesday. “We are waiting for Wednesday’s court order to take the future course of action,” said Stalin after the meeting.
The DMK accused Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao of not ordering a floor test for the Palaniswami government and instead allowing it to continue for nearly a month after it “lost majority” and said this led to a “black episode” in the state’s politics.
A meeting of the party MLAs, convened to take stock of the political situation in the backdrop of disqualification of 18 rebel AIADMK legislators, demanded the resignation of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal.
After the disqualification, the ruling party’s strength stands reduced to 116. The DMK has 89 members and its ally, Congress, has eight MLAs. Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has one member. In the 234-member state assembly, the R.K. Nagar seat represented by former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa remains vacant.
EVKS Elangovan, senior Congress leader, said his party would follow the line taken by the DMK. “As of now, we have not talked about resignations. We are also waiting for the verdict on the petition filed by the DMK,” he said.
Speaking to reporters, Stalin parried a question on possible en masse resignation of DMK MLAs on the issue and said their next course of action would be based on the outcome of the DMK’s petition in the Madras High Court seeking floor test.