DMK president and Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin was on Tuesday non-committal on pursuing a no-confidence motion against Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal. When asked about it, he merely said, “Wait and see.”
“You are going to watch what we are going to do. Till now, the date of the assembly session in Tamil Nadu is not announced, after that announcement, we will take a decision (on bringing a no-confidence motion),” Stalin said at a press conference.
Earlier in the day, 13 DMK leaders, who won in the recently held by-polls in the state, were administered the oath of office by Assembly Speaker Dhanapal.
Though DMK candidates won 13 of the 22 seats where bypolls were held, the ruling AIADMK, by winning 9 seats, increased its tally in the House to 123 — well past the required 117 for establishing a majority.
It is said that the DMK is having a secret plan which it would reveal once the Assembly session is convened. DMK’s tally has reached 101 in the 234-member assembly, while AIADMK still remains in the majority with 123. The half-way mark in the assembly is 118.
In the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami-led AIADMK got only one seat while rival DMK bagged 23 and Congress eight. Two seats each went to CPI(M) and CPI, while a seat each was won by Indian Union Muslim League and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi.
Meanwhile, it is said the Tamil Nadu Assembly is being convened 10 June. The last session of the Assembly concluded sine die 14 February.