Stalin threatens to bring down TN govt if floor test not ordered
DMK working president and leader of opposition M K Stalin has said his party ensure that the AIADMK government falls in the state if Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao does not convene the assembly within a given time to test the majority of chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
Speaking to reporters in Thanjavur, he said the Palaniswami-headed AIADMK government had lost its majority as 19 ruling party legislators had given a letter to Rao withdrawing their support.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal on Friday directed the 19 AIADMK legislators belonging to the faction of jailed party General Secretary V K Sasikala deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran to appear before him on September 14.
Speaker’s notice assume significance as it comes in the wake of legislators vacating their rooms at the resort in Puducherry and reportedly left for another luxury hotel in Coorg at Karnataka.
Earlier, Whip Rajendran said “since they have subjected themselves to lose their legislators’ posts, they attracted the provisions under this law (anti-defection act) as per the 10th schedule of the Constitution”.
On August 30, the legislators to whom notices were served gave their response to Dhanapal. Subsequently Dhanpal asked the legislators to appear before him on September 7 (Thursday). Only STK Jakkaiyan met Dhanpal on Thursday and also switched loyalties to Palaniswami.