No floor test in TN Assembly till Sept 20: Madras HC

TTV Dhinakaran

MLAs have also sought some documents from Dhanapal to enable them furnish their final replies, an advocate who represented the legislators before the Speaker said today.

"We have said that we (MLAs) will be coming for final hearing (enquiry), we have not given in writing that we will not at all come (for final hearing)", he told reporters at the secretariat premises. He was taking sides to protect the minority government, he added.

"We have said that we do not want Tamil Nadu police".

The Opposition leader has been reiterating his demand to have Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami prove his majority in the House since he parted ways with Dinakaran.

He also complained that Tamil Nadu police were harassing his MLAs in Coorg, where they are now holed out.

This comes after the TTV Dhinakaran camp had expressed their apprehensions that 19 MLAs would be disqualified by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker.

"The short-cut adopted by Palanisamy is, he tried to have the floor test by Monday (apparently September 18) after disqualification (of his supporting MLAs)", he alleged.

Raja Senthoor Pandian said the interim reply with documents explains the basis and background of the MLAs meeting the Governor last month.

He claimed that there was no violation of rules by the MLAs, and they had not "betrayed the party, and not left the party".

Seeking time to appear before the Speaker, the counsel for the MLAs has sought for more documents from the Speaker.

The DMK had on Tuesday moved the Madras High Court, seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu governor to order a floor test for the K Palaniswami-led state government in the Assembly in the wake of a group of ruling AIADMK MLAs withdrawing support to the chief minister.

Kabil Sibal said DMK working president M.K. Stalin had submitted pleas to the governor and the President for intervention.

Justice M Duraiswamy passed the order as the speaker informed the court that he was not in a position to tell whether he would pass orders in the disqualification proceedings against 19 rebel AIADMK MLAs before a floor test is conducted. They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since staying there. "However, if a challenge emerged for AIADMK government, all of those, who won on AIADMK's two leaves symbol, would support the government under Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami", he said.

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