Here comes a Breather for EPS-OPS as Madras High Court gives split verdict on MLA’s disqualification. The Madras High Court gave a split verdict on petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLA’s owing allegiance to TTV Dinakaran.
Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upholds Speaker’s order disqualifying the MLAs, while Justice M Sundar striked it down. The verdict came as a breather for the EPS-OPS faction of the AIADMK, while the TTV Dinakaran faction may pin its hopes on a larger bench. The EPS-OPS faction might use this time to entice some of the 18 MLA’s back into the fold.
Dinakaran said the verdict only gives two-three months’ time to the Tamil Nadu government and the 18MLAs will continue to support him.
“These 18 MLAs were chosen by ‘Amma’ (late Jayalalithaa). Just because some of the MLAs didn’t turn up today it doesn’t mean they are not with me or they will betray me. None of these people will be tempted by money. This is an ideological battle. AIADMK government is anti-people,” he said.
The ruling AIADMK has a strength of 116 MLA’s excluding the Speaker but including S Karunaas (Mukkulathor Pulipadai), M Thamimun Ansari (Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi) and U Thaniyarasu (Tamil Nadu Kongu Ilaignar Peravai), who had won on the ruling party’s two leaves symbol in the 2016 polls.
After Madras HC Chief Justice upheld disqualification of 18 AIADMK TN MLAs, other Judge reverses the order. Matter referred to 3-judge bench. Status quo remains.
After Madras HC Chief Justice upheld disqualification of 18 AIADMK TN MLAs, other Judge reverses the order. Matter referred to 3-judge bench. Status quo remains. Follow all the live updateshttps://t.co/lpnVZxoMbs
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While 18 MLA’s owing allegiance to Dinakaran were disqualified, the DMK has 89 MLAs, its allies Congress eight and the IUML one in the 234-member strong House.