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Madras High Court stops floor test in Tamil Nadu till September 20

In a setback to opposition parties that have been consistently demanding a floor test in Tamil Nadu assembly, the Madras High Court said today that there cannot be any floor test in the Tamil Nadu assembly till September 20. The court passed its order after hearing petitions filed by DMK working president M K Stalin and MLA P Vetrivel. It may be recalled that Vetrivel is a close associate of rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran. Dhinakaran has been consistently demanding the dissolution of the current government since he claims that the government has lost the confidence of members and does not have majority support. Dhinakaran has the support of 19 MLAs, and he is using them as a bargaining chip.

The petitioners argued that the MLAs supporting Dhinakaran may be disqualified if the floor test is not conducted soon. They said that disqualification proceedings have already been initiated and they may be finalized anytime now. In case Dhinakaran’s MLAs are disqualified, it would benefit Chief Minister Palaniswami during the floor test. The court gave its order based on the rationale that it cannot challenge the constitutional authority of the speaker. The court can come into the picture when the constitutional process has been completed. Thereafter, if anyone has any grievances, they can always approach the court for a judicial review.

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