A court ruling adverse to the government would intensify the power struggle in Tamil Nadu. (File Photo)
In what could possibly have a bearing on the stability on the K Palaniswami government in Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court on Thursday is likely to pronounce its verdict on petitions challenging the disqualification of AIADMK MLAs on Thursday. The MLAs were disqualified in September last year by the Assembly Speaker under the anti-defection law. CM Palaniswami has called an urgent meeting of his senior ministers at his residence in view of the Madras High Court’s awaited verdict. TTV Dhinakaran is also meeting the MLAs supporting him.
While the ruling AIADMK is confident that there is no threat to the government, the stability of the Palaniswami government would be under stress if the high court quashes the Speaker’s September 18 last order disqualifying the 18 MLAs who had then sided with rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran.
On the other hand, the Opposition DMK has been claiming that with the disqualification of the MLAs, the Palaniswami government had been reduced to a minority.
The ruling AIADMK has a strength of 116 MLAs exluding 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 2016 polls.
While 18 MLAs owing allegiance to Dhinakaran were disqualified, the DMK has 89 MLAs, its allies Congress 8 and the IUML one in the 234-member strong Tamil Nadu Assembly.
Dhinakaran,nephew of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, got elected from RK Nagar last year and he is the lone independent member of the House.
A court ruling adverse to the government would intensify the power struggle between the Dhinakaran, now chief of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam,and the ruling party led by top leaders O Panneerselvam.
(With inputs from PTI)