Major Relief To The E K Palaniswami Government As Madras High Court Upholds Disqualification Of 18 AIADMK MLAs

| October 25 , 2018 , 13:13 IST

The Madras High Court in a major relief to the E K Palaniswami-led government on Thursday upheld the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Speaker P.Dhanapal decision to disqualify the 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs.

The opposition, supporting the Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction, were disqualified under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution (known as the anti-defection law) after the former expressed lack of confidence in Chief Minister E Palaniswami.

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The rebels later moved a petition in the HC challenging the Speaker’s decision following which the court restrained the Election Commission from declaring their seats vacant.

The AIADMK party welcomed the court’s verdict on Thursday and took to the twitter account and wrote it is a "correct lesson for the traitors and that democracy has won".

T T V Dinakaran speaking to media said, "It is not a setback for us. This is an experience, we will face the situation. The future course of action will be decided after meeting with the 18 MLAs."

It is learnt that the third judge came to the conclusion on the independent application of mind. He ultimately concurred with the view taken by Ms. Banerjee who had said, "In my opinion, the view taken by the Speaker [that the 18 MLAs had voluntarily given up membership of the AIADMK by giving representations to the Governor on August 22, 2017, withdrawing support to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami] is a possible, if not, plausible view."

In the 234-member Assembly, two seats are vacant, including that of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi. The current strength of the Tamil Nadu Assembly is 216. While AIADMK has 116 MLAs, including the Speaker, the Opposition has 98 MLAs.