Tamil Nadu Assembly floor test: It is nothing short of a big relief for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and his deputy O. Panneerselvam as Madras High Court on Thursday ruled out floor test in the state Assembly till September 20, according to CNN News18 report. This comes as a setback for TTV Dhinakaran who was hell-bent on throwing Palaniswami out of the government. Dinakaran on Wednesday said that he would never go with the DMK, amid speculations that his faction would part ways from the merged factions of chief minister E. Palanisamy and his predecessor O. Panneerselvam.
“I have told the governor to ask Palaniswami to prove their majority. To protect our party, I will go to any extent,” he said, adding that his faction has 21 MLAs on its side. Earlier on Tuesday, Dinakaran had challenged the EPS-OPS faction of the AIADMK to go for fresh elections.
“Most ministers are fearing that they will lose elections, that is why they are accusing us of conniving with the DMK,” Dinakaran said. “You (EPS-OPS) claim you have the support of party workers, so if you have the guts, let us face fresh elections,” he said.
Earlier, the AIADMK, in its general council meeting, had passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary V.K. Sasikala stood expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited. The resolution further said that the CM Palanisamy and his deputy, O. Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol. Other terms of the resolution state that all announcements by T.T.V. Dinakaran stand cancelled.