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Tamil Nadu Opposition Leader Demands Floor Test, Says AIADMK Has Lost Majority

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| September 10 , 2017 , 20:32 IST

As shake-up within the AIADMK cools down, a new trouble awaits for the party has opposition leader MK Stalin has said that his party will consider legal options if the governor, despite his repeated request, doesn't ask Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami to prove his majority on the house floor.

The DMK-led opposition leader on Sunday met with Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao demanding immediate convening of the Assembly and to direct the Chief Minister to prove his majority.

The DMK leader, after meeting with the governor said, "We have demanded immediate floor test in TN Assembly. Governor has promised to act on this," reported news agency ANI.

"If the Government does not respond to our request within a week then we will have to take legal resort and mobilize people's mandate," he added.

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This is the second time DMK leader Stalin has met the governor requesting a floor test in the state assembly. Recalling the meeting, Stalin said that the opposition has already demanded a floor test for the government. He also added that Dinakaran has also met the Governor in order to convey to him that the Chief Minister had lost the confidence of MLAs loyal to him.

According to Stalin, the AIADMK is not in majority anymore.

Tallying the number of seats, Stalin says, there are 89 DMK MLAs along with 8 Congress MLAs, 1 IUML MLAs taking the total to 98 MLAs. However, there are 21 rebel AIADMK MLAs as well which takes the majority of 109 leaders (108 required) against the ruling government.

Mr Stalin also warns that this is the last time his party is meeting the Governor. "The next time, we go to court," he said.

Another DMK leader also cited the Supreme Court's decision in the S.R. Bommai and Arunachal Pradesh cases where the court had said that an Assembly was the place where a majority has to be proven and it was the Governor's duty to convene the House for the purpose.

-With Agency Inputs