No floor test in TN as­sem­bly till Sept 20

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - KV Lak­sh­mana klak­sh­mana@htlive.com

Rul­ing on a pe­ti­tion filed by sacked AIADMK leader TTV Di­nakaran for an early floor test, the Madras high court on Thurs­day or­dered that the floor test will not be held be­fore Septem­ber 20.

Jus­tice M Du­raiswamy stayed the vote after ap­pre­hen­sions were cited by Kapil Sibal, lawyer for DMK leader MK Stalin, that 19 MLAs could be dis­missed to con­vert the mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment into a ma­jor­ity.

The court rul­ing pre­vents any change in the com­po­si­tion of the as­sem­bly where ac­cord­ing to the num­bers, the Palanisami gov­ern­has just 114 MLAs sup­port­ing it as against the half­way mark of 117.

The court asked the gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive if ac­tion was taken against the 19 MLAs and told him to clar­ify the is­sue be­fore Thurs­day evening.

Ad­vo­cate gen­eral Vi­jay Narayan sub­mit­ted to the court that ac­tion against the MLAs sid­ing with Di­nakaran was al­ready ini­ti­ated by the Speaker and the court could not in­ter­vene in the pow­ers of the leg­is­la­ture.

“At this stage, we can­not say what the ac­tion against the MLAs will be. It is still un­der­way and no de­ci­sion has been taken yet,” Narayan said.

P Vetrivel, a se­nior MLA of the Di­nakaran camp, has al­ready met the Speaker twice in con­nec­tion with the no­tice is­sued to the MLAs for an ex­pla­na­tion, the dead­line for which ex­pired on Thurs­day.

Mean­while, sources said act­ing Tamil Nadu gov­er­nor C Vidyasagar Rao was sched­uled to ar­rive in Chennai on Mon­day.

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