Madras HC To Hear Plea Of 18 Disqualified MLAs Tomorrow:- The Madras High Court allowed the petition of 18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs for urgent hearing on Wednesday. This has indeed added a fresh twist to the ongoing infighting in Tamil Nadu’s ruling party AIADMK.
The order of the High Court comes a day after the rebel AIADMK MLAs backing sacked party deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran were disqualified by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, P Dhanpal. The speaker said in his order that under 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members party defection law, these MLAs were disqualified.
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Thanga Tamilselvan, Senthil Balaji, P Vetrivel and K Mariappan are among those who have been disqualified. The rebel MLAs have been demanding the removal of EK Palaniswami as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Dhinakaran had earlier moved the Madras High Court amid apprehensions about possible disqualification of the ruling AIADMK MLAs backing him by the Speaker.
The Madras High Court had then ordered that no floor test be conducted in State Assembly till September 20. Last week, Dinakaran had warned that he will throw the incumbent K Palaniswami-led government in Tamil Nadu, after the ruling AIADMK General Council removed him and his aunt VK Sasikala from top positions in the party.
“Most of the ministers are scared that they will lose elections and that’s why they are accusing us of conniving with the DMK,” TTV Dinakaran said while reacting to the developments. TTV Dinakaran also challenged his rivals to hold fresh elections if they felt that they enjoyed popular support.
“You (EPS-OPS) claim that you have support of party workers, so if you have guts let us face fresh elections,” TTV Dhinkaran said on the crucial AIADMK meet.
“Now, I will ensure that this government (Tamil Nadu) is thrown out of power,” Dinkaran warned, toughening his stand on the move to curtail his powers by the two united factions of the ruling party. The reactions from Dinakaran came shortly after the AIADMK canceled the appointment of jailed VK Sasikala as party General Secretary.
Dinakaran’s appointment as Deputy General Secretary of AIADMK also stands canceled, said RB Udaykumar, a senior party leader. The decision was announced at the AIADMK party’s general council meet held today.
Following the death of party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Sasikala was appointed as General Secretary last December. And before going to jail, Sasikala had appointed Dhinakaran as Deputy General Secretary. The AIADMK general council also declared late J Jayalaithaa as the party’s “eternal general secretary”. The general council also resolved to restore all those who were party office bearers appointed by Jayalalithaa. They will continue to hold office now, it said. The decisions taken by Dinakaran were also nullified by the council.
The recent merger of the two factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, was also ratified by the council.