No floor test in TN Assembly till Sep 20 : Madras High Court

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On Wednesday, Dhinakaran said that he would never go with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), amid speculations that his faction would part ways from the merged factions of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy and his predecessor O Panneerselvam.

The unified ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday asserted that it has enough MLAs to prove its majority in the Assembly, and it was not necessary to conduct a floor test at this juncture.

Justice M Duraiswamy - who heard a petition filed by the Opposition DMK seeking an immediate trust vote by the Government against the backdrop of the letters submitted by the 19 rebel AIADMK MLAs to the Governor indicating their withdrawal of support to the Edappadi Palaniswami Gover-nment - asked Advocate General Vijay Narayan what the Governor was planning to do with the letters.

Vijila Sathyananth, of the Dinakaran faction, told the media in Chennai that the faction would soon hold a general council meet of the party after the consent of their general secretary - VK Sasikala.

The Madras High Court also ordered that no floor test be conducted in Tamil Nadu Assembly till September 20.

Dhinakaran had earlier dismissed the September 12 General Council as a "public meeting", saying the court could have the final say on the matter.

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Dhinakaran even swore to throw the ruling Tamil Nadu Government out of power. This comes as a setback for TTV Dhinakaran who was hell-bent on throwing Palaniswami out of the government.

"You (EPS-OPS) claim you have support of party workers, so if you have the guts, let us face fresh elections", he said. In other major decisions, the General Council altered the party's organisational structure to a collective leadership structure.

The rebel leader threatened to pull down the government "to save the AIADMK", the ruling party in Tamil Nadu that has been in turmoil since the death of its supremo J Jayalalithaa in December a year ago.

Citing pending disqualification proceedings against 19 MLAs loyal to Dhinkaran after their rebellion against Chief Minister K Palaniswami, the petitioners submitted that they apprehended that the Speaker might disqualify the legislators.

After the whip sought disqualification of the 19 MLAs under the anti-defection law, the Speaker had issued notices to them seeking their response, the time limit for which ended today. Sill there is seat that is lying vacant after the death of Jayalalithaa.

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